Peter Kassig went to the Middle East to fight as an Army Ranger. He returned as an aid worker, providing medical assistance to the victims of Syria's civil war. 13 months ago, at a Syrian checkpoint, he was taken from the ambulance he was driving and ended up in the hands of ISIS. Over the weekend, the terror group released video purportedly showing Kassig's murder.
Peter's friend Sulome Anderson says he felt that it was his responsibility to try and help alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. Sulome is the daughter of former hostage, Terry Anderson, who was held by Shiite militants until she was seven-years-old.
The Obama administration is rethinking the way it handles hostage situations. Anderson discussed this with Daily Beast Senior National Correspondent Shane Harris, along with investigative reporter David Rohde, who endured seven months in Taliban captivity before making a daring escape, and former Navy SEAL Dan O'Shea who served as the coordinator of the Hostage Working Group at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004-2006.
American journalist Peter Theo Curtis said he had no idea how many people were thinking of him and working to secure his release. He briefly spoke to reporters after arriving back at his family's home. Miguel Marquez has the latest on Curtis' homecoming.
Investigative journalist David Rohde knows what it is like to return home after spending time as the hostage of a militant group. He escaped from his Taliban captors. Rohde spoke to Anderson about Curtis' homecoming.
There are plenty of unanswered questions in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. That's not stopping some from rushing to judgment. Anderson shines a spotlight on what he describes as 'thinly-sourced and highly questionable reporting.'
Anderson looked at some of the sources of information on Bowe Bergdahl with former Navy SEAL Dan O'Shea and investigative journalist David Rohde, who captured by the Taliban and escaped.
A U.S. official tells CNN that Sergeant Bergdahl may have tried to escape from his Taliban captors on at least two occasions. Investigative reporter David Rohde was held for seven months by the Taliban before he succeeded in escaping. He tells Anderson why it may have been more difficult for Sgt. Bergdahl to get away.
The video of Bowe Bergdahl's handover is fueling the controversy surrounding his release. The Taliban is using the recording as propaganda. Now every move on the video is being analyzed. Anderson watched it with two people who spent time held captive in Afghanistan and a former Navy SEAL commander.
– Investigative reporter David Rohde was taken by militants and escaped after seven months.
– New York Times correspondent Stephen Farrell was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and was recued days later.
– Dan O'Shea is a former Navy SEAL commander who served as the coordinator for the hostage working group at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
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