This morning it was revealed that a third American citizen held hostage by ISIS is a 26-year-old woman from the West Coast who was performing humanitarian relief work when she was kidnapped in Syria last year. The family requested that the name not be released to the public.
ABC News reports:
The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified.
In addition to the multi-million dollar ransom, the terror group has also demanded that the U.S. release Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist who was convicted by the U.S. in 2010 of trying to kill U.S. officials two years before, according to a supporter of Siddiqui who has been in contact with the hostage’s family.
Why the increase in demands for the release of U.S. hostages? Through the Bergdahl trade, the President has already shown that he will release terrorists we hold in exchange for American citizens.
This young woman has probably been through hell during her captivity, and one would expect that the Obama administration is using all of the resources at its disposal to locate and rescue her and our other hostages. Hopefully last week's disclosures of the failed Foley rescue mission will not have jeopardized a mission to rescue her.