Obama orders review of policy on US abductees

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the US policy on how to react to abduction of US citizens overseas in light of the recent beheading of American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig by the ISIL militants.

The review will focus “on examining family engagement, intelligence collection, and diplomatic engagement policies,” said a letter from US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth to a Republican lawmaker, made public on Tuesday.

The letter, dated November 11, added that the move was in response to ”the increased frequency of hostage-taking of Americans overseas, and the recognition of the dynamic threat posed by specific terrorist groups.”

On Sunday, ISIL terrorists released a video, saying they had beheaded Kassig and warned Washington they would kill more Americans “on your streets.” The video shows a masked militant standing over a severed head which he says is that of 26-year-old Kassig.

He was the third US hostage to be beheaded by the Takfiri militants after American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

ISIL militants first showed Kassig in the video of the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning in early October.

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.



Source: PressTV


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