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  • ISIS Claims Female 26-Year-Old US Hostage Killed In Jordanian Airstrikes

    Online sources and social media accounts linked to the Islamic State terror group announced Friday that a 26-year-old female American aid worker died during Jordanian airstrikes in Syria.

    Though President Barack Obama confirmed the existence of a young American hostage to reporters on Monday, her identity has been carefully protected by her family and the U.S. government.

    Official sources have not yet confirmed the accuracy of the claim, but the news release matches reports of Jordanian attacks on ISIS targets in recent days.

    The purported ISIS release wrote that the attacks came during noontime Friday prayers, striking a site outside the city of Raqqa for over an hour. According to the statement, “no mujahedeen were struck, thanks to God.”

    The current round of airstrikes in Syria is the latest since ISIS announced the death of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh. The revelation of his fate on Tuesday led Jordan to recommit to participating in the anti-ISIS coalition, which it had suspended since Kasasbeh’s disappearance in late December. (RELATED: Jordanians Demand Blood In Avenging Pilot’s Death)

    The woman was reportedly ISIS’ only remaining American hostage. Analysts have questioned the group’s tactical use of hostages, whom it has tended to discard before extracting ransoms or other goals. Open-source terror analyst J.M. Berger wrote on Friday that the anti-ISIS coalition should be cautious of “reacting to ISIS propaganda exactly as ISIS intends.”

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