1. Hostage

    U.N. Peacekeepers Held Near Syria

    Image #: 20592651    A fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra is seen through a smashed bus window during a fight with forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad at the front line in Aleppo December 24, 2012. Syria special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed solving the country's conflict with President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, but the opposition expressed deepening frustration with the mission following what it called the latest massacre of civilians. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /AHMED JADALLAH /LANDOV

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    The United Nations confirmed Wednesday that roughly 20 peacekeepers have been detained by an armed group near Syria. The peacekeepers are being held in the controversial Golan Heights territory, on the border of Syria and Israel. A video of a man claiming to be part of the group “Martyrs of Yarmouk” says he will not release the captives until Syrian government forces withdraw from the village of Jamla. “If no withdrawal is made within 24 hours, we will treat them as prisoners,” the captor said. 

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