US, Britain have sought to steel allies against ransoms to extremists

  • by: LARA JAKES , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:50 AM

WASHINGTON — By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.

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