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President Trump Announces Release of Hostage Danny Burch from Yemen

President Donald Trump on Monday announced the release of Danny Burch, an American citizen who has been held hostage in Yemen since 2017. Trump thanked the United Arab Emirates for assisting with Burch’s liberation and said his administration has now secured the freedom of 20 Americans held captive in various countries.

American held hostage in Yemen freed: Trump

Former Iranian Hostage Jason Rezaian Testifies Against Iran in U.S. Court

Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian, who was held prisoner in Iran from 2014 to 2016, testified against the Iranian government in U.S. federal court on Tuesday. Rezaian is suing Iran for committing “unlawful acts of terrorism, torture, hostage taking, and other torts” against him and his family and seeks a multimillion-dollar settlement.

In this Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian waves at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Rezaian says he was arrested by Iranian authorities, subjected to a sham trial and held for 18 months purely as a way to gain leverage over the American government …

President Obama Defends Changes To Hostage Policy: We Shouldn’t Threaten Families

“No family of an American hostage has ever been prosecuted for paying a ransom for the return of their loved one,” Obama said. “The last thing we should ever do is to add to the family’s pain with threats like that.” During conversations with families of the hostages, Obama said, they expressed frustration with the government bureaucracy to bring their loved ones home.

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Obama Angered Hostage Families With Bowe Bergdahl Swap

Later this afternoon, Obama is expected to meet with some of the families of the slain hostages and announce his new policy that would allow families to privately pay ransoms to terrorists to recover their loved ones. According to Foreign Policy, only 24 of the 82 families that the administration contacted chose to participate in the hostage review.

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