Breaking news this morning that a third American citizen held hostage by ISIS is a 26-year-old woman from the West Coast who was performing humanitarian relief work when she was kidnapped in Syria last year. Due to privacy concerns, the family requested that the name not be released to the public.
Watch ABC News report:
In exchange, ISIS is also demanding the release of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. The ransom was confirmed by a spokesman for Siddiqui’s family, who are trying to distance themselves from the group.advertisement - story continues below
In exchange, ISIS is also demanding the release of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. The ransom was confirmed by a spokesman for Siddiqui’s family, who are trying to distance themselves from the group.
ISIS has taken hostage several other Western Europeans, some of which were able to secure release when their respective countries paid the ransoms.
Collecting ransoms is the main way terrorist organizations fund their activities, and a New York Times report revealed that Al Qaeda (which has distanced themselves from ISIS) collected an estimated $125 million in ransoms from European governments in the last five years.
ABC News reports:
The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified.
In addition to the multi-million dollar ransom, the terror group has also demanded that the U.S. release Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist who was convicted by the U.S. in 2010 of trying to kill U.S. officials two years before, according to a supporter of Siddiqui who has been in contact with the hostage’s family.advertisement - story continues below
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