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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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Hostage John Cantlie Calls His New ISIS Video ‘Last in This Series’

For the tenth time since taking him hostage, the Islamic State (ISIS) has paraded British journalist John Cantlie as the “host” of one of its propaganda videos, this time giving a guided tour of the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, which ISIS seeks to portray as functional and productive under its control.

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Teen Gunman Storms Dutch TV Station Demanding Airtime

Dutch authorities have released few details about the bizarre case of 19-year-old Tarik Zahzah’s attack on the main news studio of television station NOS on Thursday. To get the obvious question out of the way first, the police say there is no evidence that Zahzah, who is half-Egyptian, acted on behalf of organized terrorism.

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