Washington names first envoy for hostages

One year ago journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were killed by the so-called Islamic State, triggering critical debate over Washington's handling of the crisesThe United States named a senior envoy Friday to work for the safe return of hostages after criticism of its response to the kidnap and murder of Americans held in Syria. One year ago journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were killed by the so-called Islamic State, triggering critical debate over Washington’s handling of the crises. President Barack Obama ordered a review of US policy in hostage cases that led to new protocols for coordinating the national response and helping victims’ families.

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