Islamic State demands $6.6mn ransom for female American hostage


Reuters / Suhaib Salem

Islamic State militants are holding a third American hostage, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker kidnapped last year in Syria. The jihadist group is demanding a ransom of $6.6 million and the release of a Muslim woman from a US prison.

The kidnapped woman, whose family asked not to be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be held by Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS), currently terrorizing large swaths of northern and western Iraq after years fighting in Syria’s civil war.

American journalist James Foley, executed by IS militants, was the fourth hostage. Another known hostage, fellow journalist Steven Sotloff, was seen alive but under duress in the video footage that depicted Foley’s decapitation.

IS is calling for $6.6 million in exchange for the American woman, ABC Newsreported, as well as the release from US custody of Aafia Siddiqui, convicted in 2010 of targeting…

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