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  • Anniversary of Hostage Crisis Highlights Absence of Change in Iran Over Forty Years

    11/04/2019 12:31:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 4, 2019 | Ivan Sheehan
    Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. It also marks 40 consecutive years of hostage-taking and terrorism by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s agents and allies. For four decades, Western powers have regrettably but repeatedly failed to address the looming Iran threat or the belligerent regime’s underlying ideology. At present, at least 17 dual nationals are held captive by Iranian authorities, often on the flimsiest of pretenses. Although most of them have been charged with espionage or similar “national security” crimes, no justification has been offered for those charges other than the fact that their targets have...
  • James Foley’s Mother Thanks Trump and Brave Troops for Death of ISIS Leader

    10/28/2019 8:55:46 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 7 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | October 27, 2019 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The mother of James Foley has issued a statement thanking President Donald Trump and the troops for the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Foley was an American journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded by ISIS while covering the Syrian Civil War in 2014. JamesFoleyFoundation .@FoleyDi statement on Bagdadi's death: "I am grateful to our President and brave troops for finding ISIS leader Al-Bagdadi. I hope this will hinder the resurgence of terror groups and pray that captured ISIS fighters will be brought to trial and held accountable." JamesFoleyFoundation "I remain concerned about the dozen Americans held hostage in...
  • Mother of Kayla Mueller: My Daughter Might Still Be Alive “If Obama Had Been as Decisive as Trump”

    10/28/2019 8:27:18 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 53 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | October 28, 2019
    US ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured and repeatedly raped by ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi before her death in 2015. Kayla was held by ISIS for 18 months before she was killed. Other Western hostages were released by ISIS. Kayla was never released and died as an ISIS prisoner. ABC reported: Before her death earlier this year, American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by the top leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to counter-terrorism officials. Mueller’s family confirmed to ABC News that government officials have told them that their daughter, who would have turned 27 on Friday,...
  • ... Kayla Mueller had her fingernails pulled out before being repeatedly raped by ISIS leader...

    10/27/2019 7:28:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    uk daily mail ^ | 9 September 2015 , updated 4 February 2016 | Owen Holdaway
    FULL HEADLINE: U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller had her fingernails pulled out before being repeatedly raped by ISIS leader: Yazidi sex slave reveals torment of aid worker's harrowing final months as the secret wife of al-Baghdadi A Yazidi woman kidnapped and detained as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal sex slave has told how the ISIS leader repeatedly raped U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller – who he had taken as a secret bride. Speaking to MailOnline, blue-eyed Muna, 16, revealed that after his depraved jihadi cohorts ripped out Miss Mueller's finger nails, Baghdadi told her that she would become his wife 'by force' Miss...
  • Baghdadi Operation Named After Christian Woman Who Refused to Give Up Faith Before ISIS Killed Her

    10/28/2019 6:10:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | 10-28-2019 | Emily Jones
    JERUSALEM, Israel – The US military operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dedicated to Kayla Mueller, a young Christian woman who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by the Islamic State. Mueller, 26, was abducted by ISIS in August 2013 in Aleppo, Syria while serving on a humanitarian mission with Doctors Without Borders. US officials said Baghdadi tortured and repeatedly raped her at his compound before announcing in 2015 that she died in captivity. Her body has never been recovered. White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told NBC's Meet the Press" on Sunday...
  • Trump brings home American hostages through policy and focus, experts say

    07/25/2019 7:26:55 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24 2019 | Hollie McKay
    Since President Trump took office more than two-and-a-half years ago, he has touted his prowess at being able to bring U.S citizens wrongfully held abroad home – framing it as a coup the Obama administration was not able to do as effectively. Partisan politics aside – families, lawmakers and activists alike have indicated that a hardline focus on bringing Americans is yielding results. “What has changed under the Trump administration is the level of personal interest and engagement from the President. Trump has made it clear that he views the return of American hostages as a priority and regularly touts...
  • Christian teen girl remains in Boko Haram captivity for refusing to deny Jesus Christ

    06/26/2019 3:41:35 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | JUN 25, 2019 11:47 AM | JUN 25, 2019 11:47 AM BY
    Nigeria: Christian teen girl remains in Boko Haram captivity for refusing to deny Jesus Christ JUN 25, 2019 11:47 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS “16-year-old Leah Sharibu, a Christian girl from the town of Dapchi, Nigeria, remains in the monstrous hands of the Islamic terror group Boko Haram – which keeps Leah in its barbaric captivity because she refuses to deny Jesus Christ and convert to Islam.” The sad story of Leah is ongoing. There are countless other young Christian girls just like her who are: being held captive, or raped, tortured, forced to convert, torn away from their families. There...
  • Two French heroes who died rescuing hostages today

    05/10/2019 6:18:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 27 replies ^ | 5/10/19 | imgur user zaphod
    Two French heroes who died rescuing hostages today by zaphod3 hr   Cedric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello were killed while on a mission to rescue what was thought to be two hostages at the time from an Islamist terror group in Burkina Faso. The hostages were being taken to Mali to be handed over to the Katiba Macina terror group there. Frenchmen Laurent Lassimouillas (L) and Patrick Picque, shown below, were the hostages being initially rescued. However the rescue team were surprised to find a further two hostages, an American and South Korean woman being held by the terrorists....
  • Toulouse gunman holding several hostages in southern France

    05/07/2019 12:03:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5-7-19 | Henry Samuel
    A gunman on Tuesday took several people hostage in a bar-tobacco shop in southwestern France, according to local reports. The suspect, armed and wearing a motorcycle helmet, burst into the cafe at 4.15pm local time. According to La Dépêche du Midi, the local newspaper, the suspect is "known to police" for petty crime. He is 17 years old and his first name is Yanis.
  • James Foley Foundation Pulls mike Pompeo Award

    04/05/2019 4:55:05 AM PDT · by tom paine 2 · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 3, 2019 | Paul Bedard
    Complaints from media critics of the Trump administration prompted a leading hostage rights group to withdraw its historic “Freedom Award” to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his, and President Trump’s, successful efforts to free political prisoners around the world. The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, named for the journalist beheaded in 2014 by ISIS forces, had announced that at its dinner Tuesday night at the National Press Club Pompeo would receive the “2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award.” The award was to recognize Pompeo and the administration’s focus on freeing Americans held prisoners around the world, a campaign that...
  • In Memory of Silke Bischoff (Notice Media Behavior)

    12/21/2018 7:15:26 AM PST · by OrangeHoof · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5-1-2018 | Summer Madness
    In 1988, two bank robbers took hostages in what was then West Germany. The police blundered mightily and three people died - none of them the bank robbers.
  • The best of both worlds for the Taliban

    06/11/2014 4:08:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | June 11, 2014 | John Hayward
    Yesterday I wondered if Democrat Rep. Jacki Speier of California had gone off the deep end by musing that the Taliban aren't really terrorists, but rather "part of the fabric of Afghanistan." It turns out she was basically mangling the new talking points from the Obama Administration, which is going all-in for the reinvention of the Taliban butchers as legitimate battlefield opponents. CNN reports on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's testimony before Congress today: Bergdahl was held by the Haqqani network, a Taliban wing designated a terrorist group in 2012. However, Hagel noted Bergdahl was a war captive, not a...

    10/14/2018 7:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/14/2018 | Ryan Pickrell
    Since President Donald Trump took office, his administration has secured the release of 17 prisoners foreign governments had detained. “We’ve had 17 released, and we’re very proud of that record. Very proud. And we have others coming,” Trump said Saturday evening as he welcomed home Joshua Holt, an American citizen who had been detained in Venezuela for two years without trial. Unlike his predecessor, the president has managed to bring these prisoners home without freeing terrorists or paying millions of dollars in suspected ransom payments. 1. Sabrina De Sousa: Portuguese-American Sabrina De Sousa, a former CIA agent, was arrested and...
  • Trump meets with freed American pastor Andrew Brunson in Oval Office

    10/13/2018 12:35:48 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 40 replies
    Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson met and prayed with President Trump in the Oval Office Saturday, thanking him for having "really fought for us" -- a day after his release from house arrest in Turkey.
  • Turkey releases pastor Andrew Brunson!

    10/12/2018 7:03:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/12/2018 | by Joel Gehrke
    American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was swept up in a wave of arrests in the wake a failed coup attempt in Turkey, was released on Friday, easing a major controversy between the United States and the NATO ally. A judge ordered Brunson's release as part of a reported deal in which President Trump will “ease economic pressure” on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s country. Turkey is not dropping the case against Brunson. The prosecutor “demanded up to 10 years in prison for terror charges,” a pro-government outlet reported, but Brunson will be allowed to leave the country. “The Second High Criminal...
  • BREAKING: White House Reaches Deal With Turkey to Free Jailed US Pastor Andrew Brunson

    10/11/2018 4:39:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Dan Andros
    Finally, after an excruciatingly long wait of almost two years, it appears the incarceration of United States pastor Andrew Brunson will finally come to an end. According to NBC News, the White House has brokered a deal to secure Brunson’s freedom: The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and returned to the U.S. in the coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and another person briefed on the matter. Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, Brunson is supposed to...
  • The tender, terrifying truth about what happened inside the Trader Joe's hostage siege

    08/05/2018 10:46:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 8/4/2018 | Robin Abcarian
    About halfway through the three-hour siege at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, the wounded gunman, Gene Atkins, looked at one of his hostages, MaryLinda Moss, and told her it was all over for him. “I just shot at a cop,” he said. Moss, a 55-year-old artist who exudes calm, feared a suicidal gunman could spark a bloodbath. Through a series of disastrous decisions by Atkins, dozens of strangers had ended up at the grocery store on a hot Saturday afternoon, drenched in fear and surrounded by SWAT teams, helicopters, squad cars and ambulances.
  • Erdogan wants more from Trump before Turkey will free pastor

    07/19/2018 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 18, 2018 | Amberin Zaman
    Defying expectations, a Turkish court rebuffed appeals today to free Andrew Brunson, the US pastor whose trial on bogus terror charges has become a litmus test for turbulent ties between Turkey and the United States. The trial was adjourned until Oct. 12.The North Carolina pastor has been charged with espionage and links to coup plotters and Kurdish militants and could face up to 35 years if convicted. Brunson continued to deny any wrongdoing in his third courtroom hearing, amid a string of wild assertions from witnesses for the prosecution. “I am an innocent man on all these charges. I reject...
  • Hillary Emails: 2009 Iran Hostage Case Got Special Attention After Push from Clinton Confidante

    07/02/2015 8:10:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-2-15 | Bridget Johnson
    As the families of U.S. hostages currently held in Iran have struggled for years to rally the determination to bring their loved ones home, newly released emails from the former secretary of State reveal the infuriating truth that those with connections get their case raised to the top. In 2009, Iason Athanasiadis was covering the protests of the disputed election win of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Mir-Hossein Mousavi for the Washington Times. The Greek citizen was detained by Iranian authorities on June 17, 2009, as he tried to fly out of the country. Athanasiadis was thrown in Evin prison and released...
  • How will the U.S. gov't respond if Erdogan wins elections?

    06/05/2018 4:03:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Ahval (Events) News ^ | Jun 04 2018 | Yavuz Baydar
    “My way or no way.” That is perceived to be the brand of politics pursued by Turkish President Erdogan. Or so many of Turkey’s Western allies believe. It’s true that Erdogan has seen international relations as an area in which he could test his will and has resorted to extreme measures when his assertive approach didn’t work. A report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington think-tank, is relevant in this regard. Titled “Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Western Nationals in Turkish Prisons,” the report is written by senior analyst Aykan Erdemir and a former US Ambassador to Turkey...