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Taliban Hostage Thought Captors Were Kidding When Told Trump Was President

Alleged fighters for the Islamic State and Taliban walk being presented to the media at the police headquarters in Jalalabad on October 3, 2017. (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)Alleged fighters for the Islamic State and Taliban walk being presented to the media at the police headquarters in Jalalabad on October 3, 2017. Afghan police said 10 alleged Islamic state fighters, including two non-Afghans, and four Taliban militants were arrested during an operation in Nangarhar province. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

A man recently freed from Taliban captivity after five years in Afghanistan did not believe his captors when they told him Donald Trump was president of the U.S.

Taliban-affiliated militants held Joshua Boyle prisoner along with Boyle’s wife and three children. One of the captors told Boyle Trump was elected president before he was forced to film a “proof-of-life” video.

“It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Boyle said in an interview with The Toronto Star.

The family was freed after U.S. intelligence directed Pakistani military to their location, U.S. officials said Thursday. Boyle is from Canada and did not even know Justin Trudeau was Canada’s prime minister until the rescue. Boyle’s wife Caitlan Coleman is from the U.S. (RELATED: American Family Freed After Five Years In Taliban Captivity)

The family is now safely back home in Canada and recovering from the long and painful imprisonment.

Trump commended the rescue operation in a statement Thursday, saying the model could be used for future joint operations between the U.S. and Pakistan to free Taliban-held hostages.

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