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Residents of Syria's Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, collect aid food on Aug. 22, 2014. (credit: RAMI AL-SAYED/AFP/Getty Images)

Family: Ransom Was Not Paid To Free US Journalist Held Captive By Al Qaeda-Linked Group In Syria

As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al Qaeda-linked group in Syria.


The Reuters-IPSOS Poll released on Tuesday follows the brutal Islamic State video released last week depicting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. But 62 percent of the U.S. adults surveyed said that governments should continue to reject ransom negotiations with terrorist groups regardless of similar threats from kidnappings and executions.   (credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Hostage: Islamist Group Was ‘Collecting’ American Journalists

An American journalist who was held captive for 210 days by extremist Syrian rebels says the Islamist group was “collecting us.”


File photo of Syrian rebels. (credit: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Video Game Puts Players In Shoes Of Syrian Rebels

A new video game based on Syria’s civil war challenges players to make the hard choices facing the country’s rebels. Is it better to negotiate peace with the regime of President Bashar Assad, for example, or dispatch jihadist fighters to kill pro-government thugs?



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