War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Hostage release not a cure for long-damaged US-Pakistan ties

The United States and Pakistan are hailing the release of a Taliban-held U.S.-Canadian family as a cautious sign of improved ties for a deeply troubled relationship that has endured years of rancor. For the good will to last, Pakistan will need to convince a skeptical Washington that it has cut ties to militants who are destabilizing neighboring Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump said Friday the freeing of Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children after five years of captivity showed Pakistan's new respect for America. For the Islamabad government, keen for better relations with the new U.S. administration, it was proof of its terrorism-fighting...