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Obama administration reviewing hostage policies, but not ransom ban
Obama administration reviewing hostage policies, but not ransom ban

President Obama has ordered a review of his administration’s handling of kidnappings by terrorist organizations, the White House confirmed Tuesday, but that review does not include a reconsideration of U.S. policy against paying ransom for hostages. The president ordered the review “over the summer” and applied it to the State Department, Defense Department, FBI and intelligence agencies, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. The review is specifically focused on hostage negotiations, recovery and communication with family members, he said. The president was prompted by the “the extraordinary nature of some of the hostage-takings that we'd seen...

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