WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is working to free other captured American hostages. Foley was executed, and whose execution was recorded on video, by the extremist and Islamist terrorist group Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS, ISIL and IS.
Reuters reported that four Americans remain captured in Syria by a variety of armed groups, and it comes after Qatar worked and freed a journalist who was held in captivity since 2012.
Reuters admitted that other sources corroborated this story because the government of Qatar cannot publicly confirm the reports. Qatar is an interesting choice because it has backed anti-Western militants in Iraq and Syria, but has had success in freeing hostages. For example, they back rebel groups in Syria that are facing off against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. President Barack Obama has received significant criticism over the Foley beheading, where he held a brief press conference during his vacation about the brutal murder and then promptly left to go golfing at Martha’s Vineyard.