How many Americans are held hostage in foreign lands?

How many Americans are held hostage in foreign lands?
How many Americans are held hostage in foreign lands?
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The News Minute | September 14, 2014 | 11:30 am IST

The ISIS released a video on Saturday showing the beheading of a British aid worker David Haines. He was abducted last year in Syria. The video also shows another man, which the ISIS claims is a British national Alan Henning, being threatened. Earlier this month the ISIS had released a similar videos of beheading an American reporter James Foley and Steven Sotloff. 

As this process of abducting, killing and releasing such videos is on the rise, Test Tube, a video based information network, asks which other organizations in which parts of the world have Americans in captivity! 

The video shows the US government policy of non-negotiation with terrorists. But, at the same time, the authorities have no exact count of the number of people held hostage. 

From the information Test Tube has gathered from various sources including the general public, Americans have been held hostage in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Cuba, North Korea, etc. It finds that most people who are captured are government officials working in foreign soils and Catholic missionary workers. 

Though individual cases have been reported, there seems to be no information in the public domain about how many Americans are being held hostage across the globe. 

The video shows that some Americans were held as early as 2007 as in the case of an FBI agent who was held in Iran and an American family  that was held by Taliban in 2012.

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