Thursday, April 2, 2009

One gets out

One of three hostages held for over two months by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group on Jolo Island of the Philippines, and the focus of a massive military pursuit that has hounded the band of kidnappers, has been released.

This is a great relief, as the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf have a history of killing hostages. It is also a win for the combined efforts of intercession by the International Committee of the Red Cross / Red Crescent (ICRC), the NGO that the three hostages were a part of, and the Philippines Military, which has used a mixture of measured force and negotiation but not caved in to absurd demands.

May the other two hostages be released or rescued safe... and soon.

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