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Obama Administration Reviewing Hostage Policies, But Not Ransom Ban

The U.S. has decided it will not be adjusting its stance on granting ransom requests for American hostages.

November 19, 2014

Foley’s Mother Felt Like ‘Annoyance’ To U.S. Government

Washington (AFP) — The mother of executed U.S. reporter James Foley said she felt her son’s case was an “annoyance” to the U.S. government. In an interview aired Thursday with CNN, Diane Foley said her family was warned it could be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free their son. The family […]

September 12, 2014

Jihadist Captors Sent Taunting Letter To Foley Family: Employer

Washington (AFP) — Journalist James Foley’s jihadist captors sent his family a taunting and rambling email threatening to kill him, just a week before making public a video of his execution, the American reporter’s employer said Thursday. GlobalPost said it released the full text of the email from Islamic State (IS) militants “in the interest […]

August 22, 2014

For Sotloff Family, Quiet Waiting For News Of Kidnapped Journalist

By Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald It was a day of quiet waiting Thursday for the family of Steven Sotloff, a Pinecrest journalist abducted by Muslim jihadists in Syria who on Tuesday threatened to kill him. “He’s still alive, so there is nothing to say,” his mother, Shirley Sotloff, told a crowd of reporters assembled […]

August 22, 2014

Kidnappers Demanded $132.5 Million For James Foley, GlobalPost Chief Says

By Alana Semuels and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — Before executing James Foley, the militant group Islamic State sent an email demanding $132.5 million in exchange for the return of the kidnapped journalist, the director of the website GlobalPost said Thursday. Foley was working for GlobalPost when he disappeared in Syria in […]

August 21, 2014

Families Of U.S. Journalists Missing In Syria Filled With Dread

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Friends and relatives of Austin Tice, an American journalist who disappeared in Syria two years ago, were preparing to hold a candlelight church vigil for him in Houston on Tuesday when they received shattering news: James Foley, an American journalist whose family had befriended the Tice family, had been […]

August 21, 2014

Nigeria Kidnap Families Want ‘Unconditional’ Release

Abuja (AFP) – Relatives of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram on Thursday called for their unconditional release, after Nigeria’s government ruled out a prisoner swap with the extremists. An on-the-run Boko Haram suspect wanted in connection with a bomb attack that killed 75 in Abuja was meanwhile arrested in Sudan, while […]

May 15, 2014