Foreign Policy brings us this fascinating first-hand account of how American journalist Lindsey Snell was abducted, her survival and ultimate escape. She was taken by al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, while working in Aleppo earlier this year. On her release in Syria, Ms Snell crossed into Turkey where she was detained by authorities who believed she was a CIA spy. This article is well worth a read.
From Foreign Policy –
Imprisoned by al Qaeda, Saved by a Kitten
The young jihadi received me, glancing at his ledger. “Lindsey Snell!” he yelled. “Where are you from, and what is your job?”
I was an American journalist, I said. When I answered, he looked smug. For good reason: I was in an al Qaeda prison in Syria.
I had been kidnapped by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. As my captor led me down a corridor of tiny solitary confinement cells, my legs nearly gave out beneath me. I’d been chronicling the atrocities of the country’s civil war in Aleppo and the areas surrounding it, traveling back and forth from Turkey for the last two years. I’d always known that being an American while doing this work made me particularly vulnerable. I was a target for Islamist groups. It wouldn’t matter to them that I was a journalist. It wouldn’t even matter that I’m Muslim…
Please click here to read more.
|Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates.
We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, bundling together all the kidnap, ransom and extortion news of the week in one easy to read newsletter. (Same form – options at the end.)
Other ways to stay up to date: