Wiretap: The astonishing horror of ISIS captivity

Wiretap: The astonishing horror of ISIS captivity

In a terrifyingly sad and astonishing story in the New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi tells of the lives of James Foley and the other hostages held by ISIS in the days before the beheadings. It is a story of torture, of raised hopes of release, of ransom, of hopes dashed, of Secret Santas, of more torture, of captors who brought the hostages chocolates, of captors who brought the hostages only pain. The Times pieced the story together from five hostages who had been released, locals who witnessed their treatment, relatives who had been contacted by ISIS, and a former ISIS member who was stationed for a time in the prison where James Foley was held.

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