The hostages are in Paris, they posed for the hostage photos. There'll be an announcement soon that the terrorists let them go because the terrorists decided to show 'restraint' due to the hostages pro-terrorism policies.
Just my blue-sky thinking, who knows where they are. But I have serious doubts as to the veracity of this entire story - it seems too contrived.
I agree with you that it's highly likely this is staged. Someone in church this morning offered up prayers for the "poor peacemakers" in Iraq, and it was all I could do to keep from adding my editorial commentary to his prayer request.