ISIS Holding American Woman, 26
Islamic State demands $7M ransom
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2014 1:13 PM CDT
This undated file image posted on a militant website in January shows fighters from the group Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria.   (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

(Newser) – The same militants who beheaded James Foley are holding a 26-year-old American woman hostage and demanding $6.6 million for her freedom, reports ABC News. The woman has not been identified at the request of her family and US officials, reports AP. She is identified only as a humanitarian relief worker who was abducted in Syria last year. In addition to the money, the Islamic State also demands that the US release Aafia Siddiqui—a female Pakistani neuroscientist who fired on US troops—in return for the American woman.

Siddiqui, who trained at MIT, has been in a Texas prison since her conviction in 2010 on attempted murder charges, notes the New York Daily News. It's not clear how many Americans are being held hostage, but the militants have threatened to kill US journalist Steven Joel Sotloff next. (The US does not pay ransoms as a matter of policy; but sometimes it solicits the help of go-betweens, and there things get a little grayer.)

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Sep 3, 2014 8:58 AM CDT
Never ever negotiate with terrorists. Especially monsters like ISIS. Hold the funeral for her now, treat her as dead and start bombing the shit out of them immediately afterwards. Maybe that will get the message through. I feel sorry for her family, but this is war. It would be nice if we had a President who realized that.
Mojavegreen Nln
Aug 27, 2014 12:31 PM CDT
By now everyone should realize that it is a real bad idea to go there. If you are foolish enough to go there to bad so sad. We do not need to be negotiating with terrorist whom will no doubt use that money to kill more innocent people in the world. If we negotiate it should be through the use of high explosives. The only thing they understand.
Ric Winthrop
Aug 26, 2014 10:50 PM CDT
It's terrible that these Americans are in this predicament, but they travelled to these countries on their own free will. Anyone who goes to any of these god-forsaken countries needs to realize they may not return.