Journalist Taken ISIS Hostage (02:08)
French journalist Nicholas Henin covered the disintegration of Iraq, Libya and Syria. The Islamic State held him hostage in Syria; boredom was a stronger feeling than fear.
Hostage After Return Home (01:09)
Since his return to Paris, Nicholas Henin has written a children's book he conceived in his cell, based on a game the hostages played.
Ransoming Hostages (02:05)
France and most European governments reportedly pay ransoms despite denials. The U.S. and Britain do not; ISIS released other European hostages, but not the Americans or British.
Islamic State Beheads Hostages (02:02)
A ISIS posted graphic videos of the beheadings of five hostages between August and October 2014. A Frenchman temporarily held hostage with them talks about hostages' relationships.
Ransom Demand for James Foley (03:54)
ISIS demanded $100 million ransom from the Global Post for James Foley, and allowed his family to ask proof of life questions. A man held hostage with him remembers Foley's emotions on the occasion.
Frustrations with Government (02:40)
Hostages' families were frustrated that government gave them no intelligence, did not negotiate with ISIS, and threatened prosecution over fundraising for ransom.
French Government Pays Ransom (03:13)
Kayla Muller's family faced impossible ISIS demands on its own. The French government pays ransom, though it claims not to.
How Much Ransom Europe Pays (02:16)
France fought Al Qaeda in Mali; Al Qaeda fled Timbuktu, leaving behind documents revealing that much of Al Qaeda revenue came from kidnapping.
European Hostages in Yemen (03:19)
In a video, an Austrian Al Qaeda hostage urges the Austrian government to ransom him. He and fellow hostages were released, reportedly for a $20 million ransom.
Review of Hostage Policy (02:55)
The Obama administration is reviewing hostage policy. Because the U.S. does not pay ransom, ISIS killed American hostages while releasing European hostages.
Credits: Syria: The Cost Of Living (00:45)
Credits: Syria: The Cost Of Living
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