Luke Somers and the Transformed Business of Hostage-Taking

On December 3, 2014, SITE Intelligence Group released a video from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), showing a hostage identifying as a British-American citizen named Luke Somers, calmly but sincerely pleading for his life. Before Somers’s plea, AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi discusses American foreign policy in Muslim countries, including Yemen, and claims that Somers will suffer an “inevitable fate” if the U.S. does not meet the group’s demands (not specified in the video) in three days.

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  • Exile1981

    For a long time terrorists didnt see value in doing this, but since obama traded 5 mil & 5 high level terrorists for one traitorous deserter there is value in taking hostages.