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article imageISIS demands $6.6 million ransom for 26-year-old American woman

By Larry Clifton     Aug 26, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Islamic State terrorists are holding a 26-year-old American female humanitarian relief worker taken hostage in Syria by ISIS about. They are demanding $6.6 million in ransom money and that the U.S. stop bombing ISIS fighters.
The militants who recently beheaded American journalist James Foley have also demanded Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist who was convicted by the U.S. in 2010 of trying to kill U.S. officials, be released as part of the deal.
The family of the woman held by Islamic State militants has requested that she not be identified.
Traditionally, the U.S. has not dealt with terrorist demands for fear that concessions to extremists and terrorists like the Islamic State would become the norm.
The woman is one of four Americans known to have been held by so-called “rebels” in Syria. American journalist James Foley was violently executed by ISIS in a beheading that appeared online in a video last week. Authorities have confirmed the video was authentic.
Meanwhile, family members of Aafia Siddiqui have voiced their disapproval of the ISIS plan to use their relative as an ISIS bargaining chip.
“While we deeply appreciate the sincere feelings of those who, like us, wish to see the freedom of our beloved Aafia, we cannot agree with a ‘by any means necessary’ approach to Aafia’s freedom. Nor can we accept that someone else’s daughter or sister suffer like Aafia is suffering,” the letter says.
The details of ISIS’s ransom demand and circumstances surrounding the American woman’s abduction were relayed to ABC News on Monday by Saalakhan and a close friend of the unnamed hostage family.
The lives of each of the three known remaining American hostages held by ISIS have been threatened. The terrorist organization that has declared a caliphate over Syria and Iraq informed ABC News that the fate of the American hostages rests in the hands of U.S. Pres. Barack Obama.
The message is largely interpreted by political analysts as meaning ISIS intends to kill the remaining American hostages, perhaps one at a time, if the administration continues to bomb its fighters in Iraq or refuses to pay ransom to them.
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