Islamic State Demands $6.6 Million Ransom for American Hostage

The 26-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was abducted while doing humanitarian work in Syria a year ago.

An Islamic State militant waving the group's flag in Syria's northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.
An Islamic State militant waving the group's flag in Syria's northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters

The radical Islamic State organization, formerly known as ISIS, has demanded a $6.6 million ransom and the release of a prisoner held in the United States for the life of a 26-year-old American woman hostage.

The woman, who is not being identified at the request of her family, was abducted a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria, according to ABC News.

She is the third of at least four Americans who were known to be held by the jihadist organization. Journalist James Foley was apparently executed last week and another journalist, Steven Sotloff, was seen alive but under duress in the video of Foley's beheading.

A third journalist, Peter Theo Curtis was handed over by the Al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front to United Nations representatives on the Golan Heights last Sunday.

The addition to the ransom, the Islamic State has demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. officials in 2010.

In a letter on Monday, Siddiqui’s family disassociated themselves from the demand, saying that "our family does not have any connections to such groups or actions.”

“We believe in a struggle that is peaceful and dignified," the family wrote. "Associating Aafia’s name with acts of violence is against everything we are struggling for.”

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