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B. 2015-01-20 ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200M Northern Syria
2. 2015-01-17 IS release 350 Yazidis in Iraq Kirkuk, Northern Iraq
D. 2015-01-17 Gunmen abduct chief of staff to Yemen president central Sanaa, Sanaa, Yemen
4. 2015-01-15 Syria conflict: Italian aid worker hostages freed Aleppo, Northern Syria
F. 2015-01-07 IS police 'kidnapped' in Syria Mayadin, Syria
2014-12-06 Hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid Shabwa, Yemen
7. 2014-09-19 Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released Mosul
8. 2014-06-07 Iraq university hostages' ordeal ends in Ramadi university, Ramadi, Western Iraq
9. 2014-04-19 Syria conflict: French journalists freed Syria

Recent Summary.     Click for More > Al Qaeda group killed 4 Russian hostages Insurgents captured U.S. soldiers FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found Video airs of purported hostages 50 foreigners held hostage Japanese, Koreans taken hostage
ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200M IS release 350 Yazidis in Iraq   The Islamic State (IS) militant group has freed around 350 members of the Yazidi religious community in northern Iraq   Gunmen abduct chief of staff to Yemen president Map of central Sanaa Sanaa Yemen  The kidnapping of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak comes as Yemen remains gripped by Shiite Houthi rebels and battered by regular al-Qaida attacks Syria conflict: Italian aid worker hostages freed IS police 'kidnapped' in Syria   Hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid   UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue... Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released  Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north Iraqi city of Mosul in June are now back in Turkey, PM Ahmet Davutoglu ... Lebanese hostages in Syria 'freed' Red Cross workers kidnapped in Syria Filipinos taken hostage in Syria 3 U.S. tourists held by Iran Kidnapped European tourists freed BBC reporter Alan Johnston freed Video released of BBC's Johnston Five Britons seized Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute   Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
Jan. 20   Northern Syria
Jan. 17   Northern Iraq
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  Guerrillas killed 3 Israeli soldiers and captured 2 more, prompting airstrikes and military raids inside southern Lebanon.    Israel has launched air strikes on bridges and roads in southern Lebanon to stop Hezboll...
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  ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200M  A masked man gives the Japanese government a choice to pay $200 million to free the Japanese men   IS release 350 Yazidis in Iraq Map of Kirkuk Iraq
Jan. 20   Northern Syria
Jan. 17   Northern Iraq
  The Islamic State (IS) militant group has freed around 350 members of the Yazidi religious community in northern Iraq
  Yemen   Gunmen abduct chief of staff to Yemen president Map of central Sanaa Sanaa Yemen
  The kidnapping of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak comes as Yemen remains gripped by Shiite Houthi rebels and battered by regular al-Qaida attacks
Jan. 15   Northern Syria Syria conflict: Italian aid worker hostages freed   Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, who were taken hostage in Syria more than five months ago have been released Jan. 7   Syria   IS police 'kidnapped' in Syria   Reports from Syria say that some members of the religious police force set up by the militant group Islamic State (IS) have been kidnapped

year 2014 Top ^

Dec.6   Yemen   Hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid
Map of Shabwa Yemen
  UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid
Sep.19   Mosul   Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released
  Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north Iraqi city of Mosul in June are now back in Turkey, PM Ahmet Davutoglu says
Jun.7  Western Iraq  Iraq university hostages' ordeal ends in Ramadi Apr.19  Syria  Syria conflict: French journalists freed Mar.29   Northern Syria Spanish journalists freed in Syria
Mar.10  Damascus  Nuns freed by rebels arrive in Damascus

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Oct.19   Beirut Lebanese ex-hostages home from Syria
Oct.18   Syria   Lebanese hostages in Syria 'freed'  Nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims held hostage in Syria have been freed, Lebanon's interior minster has said Oct.13   Northern Syria Red Cross workers kidnapped in Syria   The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says gunmen have abducted 6 of its workers and Red Crescent volunteer in north-west Syri... Sep.21   West Bank Israel soldier 'abducted and killed' Aug.9  Beirut  Gunmen kidnap Turkish airline pilots in Lebanon May.21  Sinai  Sinai security hostages 'freed' May.18  Syria  Father of Assad spokesman kidnapped Apr.22  Northern Syria  Gunmen abduct bishops in Syria Mar.6   Syria   Filipinos taken hostage in Syria   About 20 UN observers have been detained by about 30 armed fighters in the Golan Heights on the Syria-Israel border, the UN has confirmed

year 2012 Top ^

Dec.24  Yemen  Ship crew held for 1,000 days rescued off coast of Yemen Aug.4   Syria Iran pilgrims abducted in Syria


year 2011 Top ^

Dec.9   Iran American missing in Iran seen in video
Apr.14   Gaza Italian activist kidnapped found dead

year 2009 Top ^

Jul.31   Iran   3 U.S. tourists held by Iran  3 American tourists are believed to be in Iranian custody after they may have strayed across the border from Iraq during a mountain hike

year 2008 Top ^

Sep.29   Egypt Kidnapped European tourists freed
  11 tourists and their Egyptian guides, who were kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Egypt were released unharmed

year 2007 Top ^

Jul.4   Jerusalem BBC man: I felt buried alive
Jul.3   Gaza BBC reporter Alan Johnston freed  Johnston, kidnapped March 12 by a group calling itself the Army of Islam, was wearing blue jeans and looking gaunt Jun.1   Gaza Video released of BBC's Johnston   A video has appeared on the internet showing the first pictures of Alan Johnston since his abduction in Gaza on 12 March May.29   Baghdad Five Britons seized   4 bodyguards and a finance expert have been kidnapped from Iraq's finance ministry. The kidnappers wore police uniforms Mar.10   Iraq Kidnapping in Iraq aimed at Germans

year 2006 Top ^

Dec.14   Baghdad Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30
Nov.19   Baghdad Iraq's deputy health minister kidnapped Nov.14   Baghdad Most hostages freed after kidnapping   Baghdad Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute   The minister of higher education ordered universities closed until security improves Oct.24   Baghdad Masked men abducted U.S. soldier Oct.4   Baghdad Iraq police brigade aided abuctors Aug.27   Gaza Kidnapped Fox journalists released Aug.23   Gaza Abduction claim of Fox News journalists Jul.12   Southern Lebanon   Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
  Guerrillas killed 3 Israeli soldiers and captured 2 more, prompting airstrikes and military raids inside southern Lebanon
 Israel has launched air strikes on bridges and roads in southern Lebanon to stop Hezbollah moving the soldiers. Israeli cabinet endorsed a strong response against the militants
Jul.3   Gaza Militants' deadline expires
Jun.25   Iraq Al Qaeda group killed 4 Russian hostages  The statement, video on a Web site: the Mujahedeen Shura Council had beheaded 3 of the men and shot 1 to death Jun.17   Baghdad Insurgents captured U.S. soldiers  Iraqi witnesses say they saw 2 U.S. soldiers being led away by masked insurgents to a pair of cars May.16   Baghdad UAE diplomat kidnapped Mar.30   Iraq Journalist Carroll freed Mar.10   Iraq FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found  The body of Tom Fox, a Christian peace advocate, has been found Feb.9   Kuwait Abducted journalist makes new plea on TV Jan.28   Iraq Captors: Last chance for demand

year 2005 Top ^

Nov.29   Iraq Video airs of purported hostages  Al-Jazeera broadcast a video issued by an unknown group showing what it claimed were 4 hostages Jun.15   Iraq Jubilant ex-hostage tells of rescue


year 2004 Top ^

Oct.19   Iraq Agency halts aid projects after kidnap
Sep.28   Iraq Italians freed, Frenchmen to be released Sep.27   Iraq Kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed Sep.24   Baghdad Six Egyptians taken Jul.23   Iraq Militants take Egyptian diplomat hostage Jun.8   Iraq Kidnapped Italians, Pole freed May.29   Saudi Arabia 50 foreigners held hostage   Security forces have surrounded an oil company housing compound in the city of Khobar. The gunmen killed 16 people Apr.8   Iraq   Japanese, Koreans taken hostage  3 Japanese citizens and 7 South Korean civilians have been taken hostage in Iraq, where fighting has escalated