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  • US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"

    01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."
  • U.S. Hostage Pleads to Obama to Save His Life in al Qaeda Video [Terrorists Stronger]

    05/07/2012 6:20:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    American hostage Warren Weinstein says in a video released late Sunday by al Qaeda that he will be killed unless U.S. President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Mr. Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."
  • Warren Weinstein, American contractor, abducted in Pakistan

    SNIPPET: "From a compound in Lahore, Pakistan to a home in the quiet Brad Drive neighborhood in Rockville, there's growing concern about the fate of kidnapped American contractor Warren Weinstein. "It's just a Byzantine world, it's not straight up", says Chis Meyers, a neighbor and a widely travelled retired marine. "There's people who are going to pick out Americans", he adds. Authorities say Weinstein, 70, an industrial development expert, employed by Arlington-based J.E. Austin associates was kidnapped around 3:45 Saturday morning Pakistani time. Police say eight to ten men approached Weinstein's Lahore house on a ploy. "They had come up...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Says He Has American Hostage

    12/01/2011 3:17:55 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | DECEMBER 1, 2011 | RYM MOMTAZ
    In a newly released audio message, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims that his organization is holding hostage Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American who went missing last August in Pakistan. Zawahiri's statement is the first official claim of responsibility by any group in relation to the kidnapping, and a U.S. official said the statement buttressed earlier "indications" that al Qaeda might be holding the American. "I tell the captive soldiers of Al Qaeda and the Taliban and our female prisoners held in the prisons of the crusaders and their collaborators, we have not forgotten you and in order to free...
  • North Korea Government Has Detained American for Months (since last Nov.)

    04/13/2011 7:09:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/12/11 | KIRIT RADIA
    North Korea Government Has Detained American for Months State Department Confirms American is in North Korean Custody, Offers Few Other Details By KIRIT RADIA April 12, 2011 "I don't have any details on what this individual was doing in North Korea. But we would call on the government of North Korea to release this citizen on humanitarian grounds. And we would ask that they respect and treat this citizen in a manner consistent with international human rights law," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. Toner would not confirm any details about the individual's identity, wellbeing, or why he was...
  • China bars O.C. businessman from returning home, citing contract dispute

    01/10/2011 4:32:34 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan. 9, 2011 | Stuart Pfeifer
    A businessman from Orange County said Chinese government officials have prohibited him from leaving China for the last four days, saying he must resolve a contract dispute with a Chinese supplier before they’ll let him return to the United States. Brian Horowitz of Mission Viejo said he was detained at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Thursday and told that he couldn’t board an American Airlines flight to Chicago because of a lawsuit he says he knew nothing about. Horowitz said he called a judge at the direction of Chinese immigration officials and was told he would need to settle...
  • Leftist Gets Slammed On Foxnews. Pays For Mistake.

    04/18/2004 7:05:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 36 replies · 138+ views
    Foxnews anchor Julian Phillips interviewed POW Matt Maupins mother along with the mother of another soldier who is currently serving in Iraq. Both were very upbeat, and very positive. Despite the situations that there sons are currently in. Now lets flashback for a second. Earlier in the week, Jesse Jackson offered to intervene in Thomas Hamil's case. Hamil's wife said that she approved and that she hoped Jackson was successful. Phillips apparently did not read his facts correctly. He thought that Maupin's mother was the one that had said she approved of Jesse Jackson's involvement. So he asked a question...
  • U.S. Hostage in Iraq 'Doing Fine', Says Wife (Tissue Alert!)

    04/15/2004 6:38:10 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 10 replies · 145+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The wife of an American trucker taken hostage in Iraq (news - web sites) last week said on Thursday she had been told her husband was "doing fine" and appealed to his captors to free him immediately. Kellie Hamill said efforts were moving ahead to secure the release of her husband, Thomas Hamill, who was taken hostage last Friday in Iraq after his convoy was ambushed. "We have heard that he is doing fine and that they are still working on everything," Mrs. Hamill told ABC's "Good Morning America," without disclosing who had given this information to...
  • US hostage Tommy Hamill: from farm debt to Iraq

    04/14/2004 5:56:58 PM PDT · by Destro · 39 replies · 263+ views
    csmonitor.com ^ | April 12, 2004 | Steve Rogers
    from the April 12, 2004 edition CAMP ANACONDA: Thomas Hamill attended a morning drivers' meeting late last month at Camp Anaconda. Weeks later, he was taken hostage by gunmen. ANDREW INNERARITY/HOUSTON CHRONICLE/AP US hostage: from farm debt to IraqAdventure and work sent Tommy Hamill to Iraq. Now a town prays for him. By Steve Rogers | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor MACON, MISS. – After years of trying to make it as a dairy farmer in rural Mississippi, Tommy Hamill finally decided last summer to do what virtually no one in agriculture ever wants to: sell the family farm....
  • US Hostage Will Be 'Spared'

    04/12/2004 5:00:46 AM PDT · by threat matrix · 112 replies · 240+ views
    Australia News.com ^ | April 12, 2004 | wire report
    The Iraqi group holding a US hostage has agreed not to kill him, Mezher Dulaimi, a self described Iraqi mediator, said yesterday.Dulaimi, who heads an Iraqi human rights group, said the affair of the missing American had been settled, and that he was in good health.Earlier, Qatar based satellite television station Al-Jazeera screened a video showing a man in civillian clothes and presented him as Thomas Hamill, a United States national held hostage.Dulaimi said that the United States hostage had recieved medical attention. However there was no immediate word on when he might be released.
  • Family watches, prays for Macon man held hostage in Iraq

    04/11/2004 7:54:30 PM PDT · by Cedar · 10 replies · 164+ views
    The Commercial Dispatch ^ | Steve Rogers and Valerie Matchette
    Family watches, prays for Macon man held hostage in Iraq By Steve Rogers and Valerie Matchette MACON - Tommy Hamill went to Iraq to try to pull his family out of debt after struggling to survive in the dairy business. Now his family and friends in Macon can only watch and pray. "I don't really know anything, we don't know anything. ... Prayers are all we need right now," Hamill's wife, Kellie, told The Dispatch in a telephone interview Saturday afternoon from the couple's home in Macon. "I'm doing about as good as can be expected under the circumstances," she...
  • Iraqis vow to kill and mutilate U.S. hostage

    04/11/2004 2:04:21 AM PDT · by Destro · 37 replies · 839+ views
    bostonherald.com ^ | Sunday, April 11, 2004 | Associated Press
    Iraqis vow to kill, maim U.S. hostage By Associated Press Sunday, April 11, 2004 FALLUJAH, Iraq -Militants yesterday threatened to kill and mutilate an American civilian they captured Friday if U.S. troops don't withdraw from Fallujah. Thomas Hamill, whose capture during another convoy ambush in the area, was the latest in a series of kidnappings in Iraq. ``Our only demand is to remove the siege from the city of mosques,'' a spokesman said in a videotape given to the al-Jazeera television network that shows footage of Hamill. ``If you don't respond within 12 hours . . . he will be...
  • Family praying for hostage from Mississippi

    04/10/2004 8:16:05 PM PDT · by Rams82 · 26 replies · 251+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | 4/10/04 | Joedy McCreary
    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi man is being held hostage in Iraq by insurgents who have threatened to kill and mutilate him if U.S. troops don't withdraw from Fallujah, relatives said Saturday. Thomas Hamill, 43, of Macon, was captured Friday during a convoy ambush, the latest in a series of kidnappings in Iraq. Family members said they learned of his capture later that day. "They've been showing him on the TV, and they don't think he's an American," said Vera Hamill, his grandmother. "I just wish somebody would tell them he is an American.
  • Kidnappers Set Deadline For Killing Hostage

    04/10/2004 5:55:58 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 226+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Colin Freeman/Philip Sherwell
    Kidnappers set deadline for killing hostage By Colin Freeman in Baghdad and Philip Sherwell (Filed: 11/04/2004) Iraqi kidnappers paraded an American hostage in a tape shown on Arabic television last night and threatened to execute him unless US forces lift their siege of Fallujah by this morning. The captive, who was shown seated in front an Iraqi flag, identified himself as Thomas Hamill and said he worked for a private company which had business dealings with the US-led Coalition. Thomas Hamill on al-Jazeera If Coalition forces do not end their blockade, "he will be dealt with worse than those who...
  • Mississippians praying for family member held hostage in Iraq

    04/10/2004 5:42:28 PM PDT · by WKB · 36 replies · 332+ views
    heraldtribune.com/ ^ | 04-10-04 | By JOEDY McCREARY
    JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi man is being held hostage in Iraq by insurgents who have threatened to kill and mutilate him if U.S. troops don't withdraw from Fallujah, relatives said Saturday. Thomas Hamill, 43, of Macon, was captured Friday during a convoy ambush, the latest in a series of kidnappings in Iraq. Family members said they learned of his capture later that day. "They've been showing him on the TV, and they don't think he's an American," said Vera Hamill, his grandmother. "I just wish somebody would tell them he is an American. "I got God, and I just...
  • Iraq Militants Threaten to Kill American

    04/10/2004 5:17:46 PM PDT · by varina davis · 62 replies · 219+ views
    AP wire ^ | April 10, 2004 | AP wire
    Iraq Militants Threaten to Kill American April 10, 2004 03:23 PM EDT BAGHDAD - Militants on Saturday threatened to kill and mutilate Thomas Hamill, an American civilian captured during the ambush of a convoy west of Baghdad. Also Saturday, the kidnappers of three Japanese taken hostage in Iraq said they will release them within 24 hours, the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera reported. The kidnappers of the Japanese, identifying themselves as the "Muhahedeen Squadron," said they made the decision after mediation by the Islamic Clerics Committee, an Iraqi Sunni Muslim organization, Al-Jazeera reported. In a statement, the kidnappers urged the Japanese...
  • Iraq Militants Threaten to Kill American

    04/10/2004 12:41:05 PM PDT · by kattracks · 35 replies · 133+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/10/04 | AP
    BAGHDAD - Militants on Saturday threatened to kill and mutilate Thomas Hamill, an American civilian captured during the ambush of a convoy west of Baghdad. In a videotape given to the Al-Jazeera television network, Hamill was shown in front of an Iraqi flag. A spokesman off camera demanded that U.S. troops end their siege of the city of Fallujah, where four American civilians were killed and mutilated last week. "Our only demand is to remove the siege from the city of mosques," a spokesman said in a tape given to the Al-Jazeera television network. "If you don't respond within 12...
  • American Seen Held Hostage in Iraq -Television

    04/10/2004 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 52 replies · 375+ views
    Apr 10, 10:20 AM (ET) LONDON (Reuters) - Television footage on Saturday showed an American, apparently a civilian, being held hostage by Iraqi guerrillas. Britain's Sky News aired film from Australia's ABC showing the man saying he had been seized after a convoy was attacked. The Pentagon had said on Friday that several civilian contractors and two U.S. soldiers were missing after a military fuel convoy was ambushed on the main highway west of Baghdad. "They attacked our convoy," the American said, sitting beside a hooded gunman in the back of a car before it sped off past a burning...
  • Ceasefire collapses, US hostage taken in Iraq

    04/10/2004 10:57:34 AM PDT · by Destro · 98 replies · 526+ views
    abc.net.au ^ | AM - Saturday, 10 April , 2004 08:00:58 | Peter Cave
    Transcript This is a transcript from AM. The program is broadcast around Australia at 08:00 on ABC Local Radio. You can also listen to the story in REAL AUDIO and WINDOWS MEDIA formats. Ceasefire collapses, US hostage taken in Iraq AM - Saturday, 10 April , 2004 08:00:58 Reporter: Peter Cave TANYA NOLAN: It's the day after the 12-month anniversary of the toppling of Saddam's regime, and things appear bloodier than ever in Iraq. The ceasefire called by US troops in Fallujah less than 24-hours ago seems to have already collapsed, with mortar rounds ringing out across the Sunni city...
  • Iraqi Insurgents Threaten to Kill Foreign Hostages

    04/10/2004 10:44:41 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 88 replies · 328+ views
    AGHDAD, Iraq, April 10 — A group of armed Iraqi insurgents, their faces masked, claimed on Saturday to be holding 30 foreigners hostage and threatened to kill them unless the United States halted its offensive in Falluja, the Sunni city west of Baghdad.In a film from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that was shown repeatedly on Arabic television, a masked man representing the group said: "We have Japanese, Bulgarian, Israeli, American, Spanish and Korean hostages. Their numbers are 30." He added: "If America doesn't lift its blockade of Falluja, their heads will be cut off." The tape did not show any...
  • TV Shows Apparent US Prisoner In Iraq (Gives Name to Camera)

    04/10/2004 7:32:07 AM PDT · by threat matrix · 26 replies · 160+ views
    Associated Press Breaking News ^ | April 10, 2004 -3 minutes ago | wire staff
    Television pictures on Saturday showed Iraqi 'insurgents' holding a foreigner, apparently American, prisoner in a car outside of Baghdad the day before, the latest in a rash of kidnappings of foriegners in Iraq.The prisoner, who spoke with a southern accent and was apparently wounded in the arm, spoke to a cameraman from the back seat of a car with a masked gunman next to him, on the main highway on Baghdad's western edge where fighting took place Friday.The footage was apparently filmed Friday.The prisoner identified himself as Thomas Hamill to the cameraman (from Australian ABC television news) and said he...
  • Iraq Group Says Has 30 Foreign Hostages-Arabiya TV

    04/10/2004 6:05:18 AM PDT · by kattracks · 40 replies · 242+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/10/04
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iraqi group said in footage aired by an Arab TV station on Saturday it was holding 30 foreign hostages and threatened to decapitate them unless U.S. forces lifted their blockade of the town of Falluja.   "We are calling for the withdrawal of American and coalition forces. We have Japanese, Bulgarian, Israeli, American, Spanish and Korean hostages. Their numbers are 30," a masked man holding a Kalashnikov rifle said. "If America doesn't lift its blockade of Falluja their heads will be cut off," he said in the footage in Arabic, which Al Arabiya said it...