10:41 AM, Jan 25, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Denis McDonough appeared to slip up in an interview with ABC when he revealed the previously unknown name on an American being held by ISIS:
Asked the ABC News anchor: "We also have that threat from ISIS. Any hope of saving that second Japanese hostage? And do we have any information on the American woman still being held?"
"Well, the president had a good talk overnight our time here with Prime Minister Abe, underscoring our continued support for and partnership with the Japanese. They making this huge investment halfway around the world like we are in Iraq and Syria against ISIS," said McDonough.
"And as it relates to our hostages, we are obviously continuing to work those matters very, very aggressively. We are sparing no expense, and sparing no effort, both in trying to make sure that we know where they are and make sure that we're prepared to do anything we must to try to get them home. But [REDACTED] family knows how strongly the president feels about this. And we will continue to work this."
The name of the American woman being held by ISIS was previously unnamed.
McDonough's mistake was first noticed by ABC foreign editor Jon Williams:
UPDATE: Citing security concerns, someone close to the family of the named ISIS hostage asked for her name to be removed from this post.
3:38 PM, Jan 24, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama confirmed and condemned the death of a Japanese man at the hands of the Islamic State in this statement:
10:48 AM, Jan 14, 2015 • By DAVID SCHENKER
In a grim interview last month with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s online magazine Dabiq, Moath al Kasasbah—the Jordanian pilot shot down and captured during a recent bombing run over Syria—was asked if he knew what ISIS would do to him. “Yes,” he said, “they will kill me.”
9:02 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tony Abbott, the prime minister of Ausralia, urged Australians to go about business as usual, despite the ongoing hostage situation at a cafe in Sydney:
Abbott called it a "disturbing incident," and said his thoughts and prayers are with the individuals "caught up" in this situation.
President on death of Luke Somers, held hostage by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.7:36 AM, Dec 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama issued this statement after the death of photojournalist Luke Somers, who was held hostage in Yemen by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was killed in a rescue attempt.
5:09 PM, Sep 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The mother of James Foley, one of the American journalists beheaded by ISIS, talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about the handling of her son's capture. Here's a clip from CNN (courtesy of Anderson Cooper 360°):
And here's a partial transcript (as released by CNN):
3:34 PM, Aug 29, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
John Kerry chose the third anniversary of U.S. citizen Amir Hekmati’s "detention on false espionage charges" during a visit with his family in Iran in 2011 to "respectfully" call on the government of Iran to release Hekmati and several other U.S. citizens held or missing in that country. Saeed Abedini and Jason Rezaian, the latter a Washington Post reporter, are also being held.
3:08 PM, Aug 25, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors. Coming just days after another American hostage, James Foley, was brutally beheaded by the Islamic State, Curtis’s freedom brings a sense of relief.
1:02 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On its website, the Iranian propaganda outlet Press TV has an article titled, "Journalism is dead and buried in West." The propaganda reads:
Over the past six weeks, we have had hundreds of new bloggers and “media pundits,” most anonymous, none with qualification, none with verifiable bios, almost all with childishly obvious agendas that carry clear signs of “handlers.” None, however, have attributable sources, real access to inside information.
8:01 AM, Jan 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama released this statement on the "terrorist attack in Algeria" last night:
2:35 PM, Jan 17, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
It should come as no surprise that a notorious jihadist named Mokhtar Belmokhtar is suspected of ordering the raid on a BP oil field in eastern Algeria and the subsequent kidnapping of dozens. Belmokhtar has been at this game for a while. His career shows that jihadist ideology and criminality can comingle. Belmokhtar’s operations have run the gamut, from cigarette smuggling to gunrunning to kidnappings to outright murder.
11:31 AM, Jan 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here's a screen grab:
9:51 AM, Jan 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At least two American hostages (and possibly several more) are being held hostage at a gas plant in Algeria, but there's been no word on unfolding the situation from either President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In fact, the only official word to come from the Obama administration is confirmation from the State Department that indeed Americans are being held hostage there.
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