White House to stop prosecution of families who pay terror ransoms, report claims

US officials are expected to stop prosecuting families of American hostages who communicate with kidnappers abroad or raise funds and pay ransoms.

A National Counterterrorism Center advisory group, ordered by the White House, is expected to recommend what would mark a radical shift in US hostage policy, ABC news reported on Sunday.

The NCTC interviewed families of hostages, including the parents of journalist James Foley, who was killed by Islamic State fighters.