As the world remains horrified by the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Islamic State, there are still an estimated two dozen Westerners still being held in northern Syria — while their family members and loved ones continue to seek awareness of their plight. CCTV America’s Sean Callebs reported this story from Washington, D.C.
Mothers of Americans held captive urge gov’t to do more to help hostagesAs the world remains horrified by the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Islamic State, there are still an estimated two dozen Westerners still being held in northern Syria -- while their family members and loved ones continue to seek awareness of their plight. CCTV America's Sean Callebs reported this story from Washington, D.C.
Diane Foley, the mother of Jim Foley — a U.S. freelance journalist who captured in Syria and brutally killed last August — is making it her mission in life to make the U.S. government more accountable when Americans are held captive.
“As Americans, we can do much better than was done for our son, he was torture and beaten for 20 months. And the FBI knew where he was six months after he was captured,” Foley said.
There was no coordinated effort. No significant help from entities within the U.S. government, she added.
Foley appeared at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to discuss the dangers journalists face on the front lines. Foley spoke alongside Debra Tice, whose son, Austin Tice, was captured in Syria in August 2012.
Unlike many other captives, the U.S. believes Tice is not being held by IS.
The Islamic State reportedly has two dozen journalists and aid workers captive, using them as bargaining chips.
But the world was horrified this week at what happened to a Jordanian fighter pilot captured by IS after his F-16 went down in northern Syria.
“I find it shocking we have a coalition to attack and we do not have a coalition to rescue. How can that be?” Foley said.
International collaborations are at the top of Foley and Tice’s to do list. While in Washington they met with U.S. President Barack Obama’s hostage review team, saying they were impressed that there appears to be a desire to “listen,” “learn,” and make solid recommendations to the president.
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