Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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Freeing captives

Terrorism | We can rethink America’s hostage policy
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/13/19, 02:20 pm

I didn’t plan it this way, but this year is turning out to be the year of the hostage for me. In Iraq I interviewed half a dozen young Yazidi women earlier this year. All but one were in their teens, enduring nearly five years of ISIS captivity that included sexual abuse.

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‘We want the truth, wherever that leads’

Terrorism | U.S. officials never adequately confirmed the death of ISIS captive Kayla Mueller, and a post-ISIS tumult in Syria raises new questions about what happened to her
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/13/19, 01:47 pm

On Feb. 6, 2015, Marsha and Carl Mueller received news they long dreaded: Their 25-year-old daughter Kayla was dead in Syria. Word came in a tweet from the ISIS militants holding Mueller, an aid worker, for 18 months in Syria. The news ended in the worst way possible a high-stakes hostage saga that included an unsuccessful U.S. Delta Force rescue attempt and weeks of intense negotiations carried on via email.

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Ebola crosses border

International | The deadly virus spread earlier this week from Congo into Uganda
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/13/19, 01:18 pm

UGANDA: Health experts will meet Friday to assess whether to declare the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa a global health crisis. The deadly Ebola virus has killed 1,400 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and this week Uganda reported its first cases, a boy and his grandmother from a Congolese family who crossed into western Uganda on Sunday.

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