ISIS Takes American Woman Hostage

    Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Arbil, north of Baghdad July 24, 2014. Hundreds of Iraqi Christians marched to the United Nations office in Arbil city on Thursday calling for help for families who fled in the face of threats by Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR400HS,Militant Islamist fighters gesture as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKUL


    ISIS is demanding $6.6 million and a prisoner swap for the release of an unidentified 26-year-old American woman, who was taken in Syria last year while doing humanitarian work. There are at least four Americans being held in Syria by ISIS, including journalist Steven Sotloff, who was threatened with execution last week following James Foley’s beheading. Despite renewed hope after a journalist was released without ransom last weekend by another al Qaeda offshoot, it appears high ransoms are still in demand by the group. ISIS’s demands include the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in the U.S. of trying to kill American officials. “If the issue is true, we would like to state that our family does not have any connections to such groups or actions,” the family of Siddiqui wrote in a letter.

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