Those being held by the militants endured torture, starvation and extreme maltreatment in the months before they were beheaded, according to an in-depth investigation by the New York Times. James Foley, the first American murdered by ISIS, was singled out for particularly brutal treatment and turned to Islam for solace, escaped hostages report. As European hostages were released — thanks to covert payments by their governments — Americans and Britons faced a growing awareness that, due to their countries’ no-ransom policies, they would not be freed.
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U.S. nurse denounces treatment at Newark. (USA Today)
American journalist reveals treatment of ISIS hostages before beheadings. (NYT)
UK ends combat mission in Afghanistan. (BBC)
Ukraine votes for new parliament. (Al Jazeera)
Google executive breaks Baumgartner skydiving record. (The Independent)