Obama admits government let down hostage families

US President Barack Obama speaks about the US government's hostage policy review in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 24, 2015US President Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted his government had not always done enough to stop the “unrelenting nightmare” faced by relatives of hostages held abroad, as he eased restrictions on talking with captors. Stressing the plight of the roughly 80 US hostages taken since 9/11 and their families, Obama announced a series of reforms to hostage policy. Obama indicated his government would still refuse to pay ransoms, fearing that would help fund extremist organizations like the Islamic State group and would make US citizens more of a target.

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