Many moons ago, I traveled out of the country. It was with a mission group and we had to receive training on our location and considerations for those who are leaving the homeland for the first time. One thing they mentioned is that in event we become hostages, there would be no ransom for us. None. Nothing. Nada. It was explained that the reason for this was that once a group profited from that enterprise, no American would be safe. “Sorry for your circumstances, we will pray and wish you the best, but the bigger picture is that the bulk of the traveling public would be in jeopardy. Therefore, nothing would be done”. With that in mind, watch the following:
With the notation that these were two disparate muslim groups, the picture of this grows more intriguing.