Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms

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Updated: 8/22/2014 5:55 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves.

The U.S. rules out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.

Foley's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group intensified a debate within the Obama administration and with American allies abroad about whether to pay ransoms to al-Qaida and other organizations, at the risk of encouraging more abductions and funding militancy.

U.S. and British authorities say ransoms paid to free kidnapped Europeans over the past 10 years have surpassed donations from private supporters as a source of funding.


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Speed - 8/22/2014 10:59 AM
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The right choice is obvious-DON'T NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS!If they're willing to kidnap an American and threatened to kill him or her if they aren't paid a huge sum of money,we'd be NUTS to think that giving them the money would get the American released in good health. Anyone who travels or works in places where this is a possibility goes there with the understanding the US can't help them if this scenario should happen. Of course,our alleged president doesn't understand this,so until our Country gets an actual LEADER,all bets are off. The going rate for freeing an American is the release of 5 Terrorist leaders....

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