Canadian Colin Rutherford freed after 5 years in Taliban captivity

Colin Rutherford, who was taken hostage while on vacation in Afghanistan in 2010, has been released from captivity, according to a statement released by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

The Toronto man, who was captured five years ago, appeared in a video released by the Taliban in 2011.

This was the video released in May of 2011

  • john700

    I question the sanity of a man who went vacationing in Afghanistan in 2010.

    • Exile1981

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • pettifog

    Is this the guy that’s Omar Khadr’s ex-brother-in-law?

    • Exile1981

      nope that is Joshua Boyle… i think.

      • pettifog

        Is that clown still in Afghanistan? Do you know?

        • Exile1981

          I found an article that said USvspecial forces knew that in 2014 Boyle and his 2nd wife (a US citizen) were still in Taliban captivity but they like Rutherford had been moved to a Taliban stronghold in Pakistan.

          Boyle’s wife was pregnant with their kid when they were captured in Afghanistan on their honeymoon.

          Friends say the couple were attempting to volunteer with an aid group… but no one seems to know which one.

          Boyle is the son of a federal tax judge, so if you have to challenge a CRA ruling there is a chance your case will be heard by a man who fathered this idiot.

          In a 2014 video of Boyle and his wife it was obvious they had converted to islam.

  • P_F

    Wasn’t this idiot once married to the whore sister of terrorist omar khadr???

  • Exile1981

    I don’t want to even think about how much turdeau paid to get him released.

    • Exactly. I’m sure the family had to shell out some big bucks — but it was never enough which is why the kid was stuck there for so long. Didn’t we once have troops there and special forces who could have made a rescue attempt?

      So what did Canada have to give up to the Taliban in return? Besides its pride — I’m sure the helicopters and jets described in the pick-up of the prisoner were American, not Canadian, Forces.

      • marty_p

        Turdeau says Canada is a big family – so I assume taxpayer dollars were paid.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I find it hard to dredge up much sympathy for anyone fool enough to go on “vacation” in a place like Afghanistan. There are many much safer and stabler places in the world where you can enjoy the full primitive, salt-of-the-earth, toilet-free, boil-all-your-drinking-water, be-at-the-mercy-of-the-elements Third World experience, if that’s your thing; why go to a war zone?

    • Blacksmith

      Hell there are remote places in North America you can have that experience, and the airfare is much cheaper.

    • Exactly, very soon Ontario will be one of them.

  • Yusuf_al_Kafir

    I look forward to his forthcoming travel book……

    “A Complete Idiot’s Guide to ‘Vacationing’ in Afghanistan”.

    • Minicapt

      “Dancing In Afghanistan: A Personal Quest”.


    • Blacksmith

      ‘How to never be able to form a turd again’…….

  • FactsWillOut

    Vacation packages now for sale in the charming country of Syria! Low Low prices!!

    • Exile1981

      Someone could make good money selling low cost vacations to danger zones to idiots like these.

  • Justin St.Denis

    He’ll be off to Mogadishu on his next vacation in a matter of months. You can’t fix stupid even after you buy it back.

  • Mal

    Associate foreign affairs critic, NDP MP Jinny Sims: “Canada has a “huge obligation” when a Canadian citizen is missing in a hostile environment, she added.”
    Mmmmmm..okay, Jinny. And how about a Canadian civilian – unlike a member of the Armed Forces, say – having the legal responsibility to personally repay the resources used to rescue him when he deliberately puts himself in harm’s way in a hostile environment on a holiday?

  • chayisun

    He will return and be invited to meet trudeau, appear on the CBC, write a book and lecture Canadians about the cause of the islamists and why the muslims are simply defending their beliefs. Then he will be rewarded with the Order of Canada.

    Then, some time down the road, he will sue the taxpayers for allowing him to languish in the paradise of a taliban abode.

    • Canadian Born

      You are completely right!