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Document ISIS Demands $200 Million Ransom For Japanese Hostages
The Japanese government is facing a ransom demand of $200 million for the lives of two Japanese men held by the self-described Islamic State. The demand was made in a video posted online, in which a hooded fighter gave Japan 72 hours to come up with the money.
Document ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'
The mostly infirm refugees from the religious minority were released by the self-declared Islamic State. Speculation is that they had become a burden to the militants.
Document Is U.S. Gaining Or Losing Ground Against ISIS?
Is the U.S. gaining or losing ground in its bombing campaign against ISIS? Audie Cornish puts the question to Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of War.
Document Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq
They are expected to head to Iraq in the coming weeks to build up an Iraqi Army that has all but fallen apart. The additional American soldiers and Marines will work out of an ever-expanding number of training sites around the country. U.S. officials expect ground operations sometime in the spring to take back territory seized by the so-called Islamic State.
Document France 'At War With Jihadism And Radical Islamism,' Prime Minister Says
But Manuel Valls said the country wasn't at war with ordinary Muslims or their religion. His remarks came ahead of a 488-to-1 vote to reauthorize French airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq.

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