Militants wanted $133M ransom

Threaten to kill a second hostage if U.S. airstrikes in Iraq continue
Associated Press
Aug 21, 2014

The Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release, a U.S. official said Thursday.

The demands were sent in emails to Foley's family in New Hampshire, a second U.S. official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ransom demands by name.

Foley's former employer said that the militants first demanded money late last year. GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni also indicated that European governments paid far less to have the Islamic State release their hostages.

The United States reaffirmed its policy against paying ransoms after Foley's slaying. Militants have threatened to kill a second hostage, Steven Sotloff, if U.S. airstrikes against the militants in Iraq continued. More airstrikes have targeted militants in the days since Foley's death was revealed.

In a statement Thursday, Treasury Department said that the government stands by its policy of no concessions to terror groups like the Islamic State. Paying ransoms only encourages more kidnappings, the department said.

The United States and Britain said the payment of ransoms by European and Persian Gulf governments has become a main funder of Islamic extremist groups.

A secret mission aimed this summer to rescue American hostages held by Islamic State extremists, including Foley, but U.S. troops failed to find them, the administration has said. President Barack Obama sent the special operations troops to Syria after intelligence agencies believed they had identified where the hostages were being held.

Obama has said the U.S. would "do what we must to protect our people," but he has stopped short of promising to follow the Islamic State in its haven within Syria. At the same time, the State Department has refused to rule out future U.S. military operations in Syria, where Obama has long resisted intervening in a three-year civil war.

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The Big Dog's back

I think we should give them that 132.5 million in the way of AIM-9 sidewinders.

arnmcrmn

So now you are for war?

The Big Dog's back

Who said anything about war?

Contango

Re: "AIM-9 sidewinders"

They're air-to-air missiles. ISIS has aircraft?

Do tell.

KnuckleDragger

Give him a break. After all, you can't expect someone who has never fought for anything other than his union to know about weaponry.

The Big Dog's back

We have a surplus of them. It's a guided missile. I'm sure they will wipe out a vehicle.

yea right

as a former weapons loader..our motto "nuke em till they glow"

freespeech1

A great letter to isis from a veteran.

“As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute innocent men, women and children in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you cowardice fools who think you are so tough behind all your propaganda videos. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak.

You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend.

In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That means there are literally millions of disgruntled, dysfunctional, pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch their friends die because you Islamic extremist idiots can’t seem to act like normal human beings and stop terrorism and the violence.

It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, but if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days. Better yet, it took us about month to control your entire country. At this point, with 13+ years of war under our belts, how long do you think it would take us to do it all over again? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one. Do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember, never bite the hand that feeds you.

Remember we are armed to the teeth in the US and I can promise you this… the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there will be no mercy. We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you. The ball is in your court now ISIS. We are more than ready to arrange your so called “meeting” with your 72 virgins and send you to your “prophet” Mohamed.”

– Nick Powers

Contango

Re: "We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you."

Where and what is the U.S. national security interest?

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

- Mahatma Gandhi

coasterfan

Works for me. I think we can all agree that these are people who don't play with any semblance of common decency.

KnuckleDragger

Funny how you are now for war, when the ball is now in Obama's court. Interesting indeed.

The Big Dog's back

Who said anything about war?

clubfrog

cant we just set down with a cup of tea and sing kimbiya around the joshua tree, free of guns and swing sets ...2000 kids a years break a bone on a swing set .

Donegan

"In a statement Thursday, Treasury Department said that the government stands by its policy of no concessions to terror groups like the Islamic State. Paying ransoms only encourages more kidnappings, the department said."
Except for trading 5 of the very worst terrorist on the planet for a soldier that may or may not have went AWOL. Then they will concede to the terrorist demands with no congressional oversight and behind the backs of every Representative in Washington. You know, Then its Ok with the admin. Illegal as hell but Ok with the admin.

The Big Dog's back

So you think we should give them the 132.5 million or are you just blathering?

Donegan

I think if you say you do not negotiate with terrorist you mean it. You definitely do not go behind congresses back and break the law to let the worlds worst terrorist out of jail.
If a different president had done this you would want them immediately impeached and thrown in prison as enemies of the state But seeing it is your golden boy you give him a pass. That's hypocrisy for you though, Everyone expects it from you.

The Big Dog's back

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I don't recall you saying bush should be impeached.

Donegan

So you are trying to argue that The Obama admins is right in doing it by showing that Bush did it? Funny how you always point out how Obama and Bush do thing exactly the same but you hate one and not the other? Must be that you are racist i can think of no other thing.
Bush was wrong when he let them loose and we are seeing the results now, I wonder if you will excuse your god when those he released do the same things? Nah you are a hypocrite. Besides that Obama did it illegally Bush apparently did not.
Please tell us again why you hate Bush?

The Big Dog's back

"If a different president had done this you would want them immediately impeached and thrown in prison as enemies of the state".

Who said that doneagain?

Donegan

That does not work with me moron. I wanted Bush Impeached for the patriot act way before he let terrorist loose. The sad thing is you fail to realize that most of those terrorist he set loose were not, They were out sourced to other countries for intelligence gathering. Same as now, Outsourcing torture and plausible deniability give this government free reign.
So hypocrite do you want him impeached or do you want to explain how much you love Bush and Bush policy to your fellow morons? You know because you Love Obama and he does the same things and all.

gene44870

Anyone that leaves the United States in search of the ol mighty dollar should have know that they might find themselves in trouble that could lead to their death .
And to go knowing this you must be egnoring the possiabilty of something happening .
Just take a look at the lives that were lost in the last several years due to the fact that they were sent their to defend and to protect the best intrest of the United States .
I am a firm believer that if you want to travel just to report the news for foreign countries , then you place your life less then the Dollar
I agree that no ransom should be paid to get their release . I can not feel sorry for a person that knowingly goes to a high risk area just to report the news . Thats just plain insane
I feel bad for the families . But the reportet could have said no , I wont go do to the high tisk thats involved

ladydye_5

If you notice most of the hostages and beheaded souls are contractors and media. Not actual servicemen.

gene44870

No . But after Obama signed an order to with draw troops.due to the fact that if they stayed they would have fell under foreign law and could face hanging or beheading if they remained in the country.
But up to that date they were under U.S law

The Big Dog's back

So how long should "US LAW" hold up in a foreign country?

Babo

I don't believe Mr. Foley was in it for the money. He was driven to tell the story of oppressed people as part of his faith mission.

gene44870

I am sure the would all ready knew of the kinds of lives they had over there . We didnt need for some reporter to go and tell us what we all ready knew .After all the U.S was over there for how long ? And how long has it beensense we left ?

From the Grave

Don't egnore the squggily red lynes...

knowitall

I am thinking that most of is, liberal and conservative, can agree on the response to ISIS. Let's get 'em!

2cents

Yep! They are sub human creatures that come from the depths of hell. Time to send them back home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

worddrow811

no ransoms should ever be paid. it says in effect that they win!

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