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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 18th November 2014 11:03
By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
The White House said late Monday President Barack Obama had ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free American nationals being held by militant groups overseas.

“The administration’s goal has always been to use every appropriate resource within the bounds of the law to assist families to bring their loved ones home,” Alistair Baskey, the White House National Security Council spokesman, said in a statement.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have in recent months beheaded three Americans, including Peter Kassig, an aid worker, whose death was announced in a video released by the group on Sunday.

“In light of the increasing number of U.S. citizens taken hostage by terrorist groups overseas and the extraordinary nature of recent hostage cases,” added Baskey, “this summer President Obama directed relevant departments and agencies, including the Departments of Defense and State, the FBI, and the Intelligence Community, to conduct a comprehensive review of how the U.S. government addresses these matters.”

The administration could not detail all the steps it was taking to free U.S. hostages, but Baskey said “we will continue to bring all appropriate military, intelligence, law enforcement, and diplomatic capabilities to bear to recover American hostages. Those efforts continue every day.”

ABC News reported that a Pentagon official wrote last week to U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter that the review would include an emphasis “on examining family engagement, intelligence collection, and diplomatic engagement policies.”

It added that a Nov. 11 letter to Hunter from Christine Wormuth, undersecretary of defense for policy, did not explicitly address the issue of ransom payments, which it is U.S. policy not to pay.

ABC News said Hunter wrote the White House in August after the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic State, urging Obama “to guarantee we are maximizing our recovery efforts.”

ISIS previously killed U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 20th November 2014 20:05
Pentagon paid ransom for kidnapped soldier to Afghan con man

Published time: November 20, 2014 18:01

Prior to the successful prisoner swap that freed US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban control in May, the Pentagon was swindled out of a ransom payment in an attempt to win back the kidnapped American soldier, US officials said.

The covert payment made by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was stolen by an Afghan middleman who claimed to be working with the Haqqani network on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter. The ransom was first revealed by Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to US Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, according to The Washington Times.

“Given the significance of this matter, as well as the fact that Pentagon officials have denied that a payment was even considered — and you also said you were unaware of any such attempt — I ask you to immediately inquire with JSOC to determine the specific order of events,” wrote Hunter, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Hunter also asked if ransom payments are being considered for other captives.

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