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1. 2014-03-29 Spanish journalists freed in Syria Northern Syria
2. 2014-03-10 Nuns freed by rebels arrive in Damascus Damascus
D. 2013-10-19 Lebanese ex-hostages home from Syria Beirut
2013-10-18 Lebanese hostages in Syria 'freed' Syria
F. 2013-10-13 Red Cross workers kidnapped in Syria Idlib, Northern Syria
6. 2013-09-21 Israel soldier 'abducted and killed' Qalqiliya, West Bank
H. 2013-08-09 Gunmen kidnap Turkish airline pilots in Lebanon Beirut
I. 2013-05-21 Sinai security hostages 'freed' Sinai
J. 2013-05-18 Father of Assad spokesman kidnapped Daraa, 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 Abducted journalist makes new plea on TV Captors: Last chance for demand Video airs of purported hostages 50 foreigners held hostage Japanese, Koreans taken hostage
Spanish journalists freed in Syria  Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova kidnapped in Syria six months ago by radical Islamist rebels have been released Nuns freed by rebels arrive in Damascus Lebanese ex-hostages home from Syria Lebanese hostages in Syria 'freed'  Nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims held hostage in Syria have been freed, Lebanon's interior minster has said Red Cross workers kidnapped in Syria Filipinos taken hostage in Syria Iran pilgrims abducted in Syria 3 U.S. tourists held by Iran Kidnapped European tourists freed 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 Video released of BBC's Johnston Five Britons seized Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute   The minister of higher education ordered universities closed until security improves Abduction claim of Fox News journalists   Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
Mar. 29   Northern Syria
Mar.10   Damascus


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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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Mar. 29   Northern Syria
  Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova kidnapped in Syria six months ago by radical Islamist rebels have been released
Mar.10   Damascus Nuns freed by rebels arrive in Damascus   A group of Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula have arrived back

year 2013 Top ^

Oct.19   Beirut   Lebanese ex-hostages home from Syria   Nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims who were kidnapped by rebels in Syria in May 2012 have arrived back in Beirut a day after being released 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
Map of Idlib Syria  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says gunmen have abducted 6 of its workers and Red Crescent volunteer in north-west Syria 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
Dec.18  Syria  NBC crew freed from kidnappers in Syria Oct.2   Syria Video of missing journalist surfaces Aug.4   Syria Iran pilgrims abducted in Syria   Some 48 Iranian pilgrims have been kidnapped from a bus in the vicinity of a shrine near the Syrian capital Damascus, reports say Jul.16  Egypt  Egyptian kidnappers release Americans May.31  Sinai  Kidnappers free U.S. tourists in Egypt Feb.3  Sinai  2 Americans kidnapped in Egypt Jan.31  Sinai  Chinese workers in Egypt 'freed'

year 2011 Top ^

Dec.9   Iran American missing in Iran seen in video
Nov.13  Yemen  French hostages 'freed in Yemen' Apr.14   Gaza Italian activist kidnapped found dead

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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

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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

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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
 TV pictures showed Johnston, 45, leaving a building and entering a car, accompanied by armed men. Calls were made for his release in rallies worldwide
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


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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.    80 gunmen were clad in Iraqi National Police uniforms and targeted the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research-Scholars...
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  The Holy Jihad Brigades called for the release of Arabs from U.S. jails 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  Journalist Jill Carroll appeared on Kuwaiti TV, urging the U.S. government to meet her kidnappers' demands Jan.28   Iraq Captors: Last chance for demand  Kidnappers have renewed their threat to kill four Western hostages unless U.S.-led forces release Iraqi prisoners

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