Javier Espinosa: ISIS Hostage #43

Yesterday, released ISIS hostage Javier Espinosa, a journalist with El Mundo, provided his first account of his kidnapping and detention by ISIS, including his description of "Jihadi John", believed to be Mohammed Emwazi. It was in the Sunday Times (UK) which is subscription only, and only descriptions by other media outlets were available.

Fortunately, El Mundo, has published it for free in two installments. Each one is about 4,000 words. It is riveting to say the least. Espinosa was held with James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Alan Henning, Peter Kassig and the other Western journalists and hostages, and he discusses all of them.

Google Translate actually does a pretty good job with it. You can read the full first installment here and the second installment here. [More...]

Espinosa was kidnapped with photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova in September, 2013, in the town of Karama. They supposedly had safe passage from the Free Syrian Army. They were kidnapped (with their guards, who were later released) by Abu Dhar, the leader of a Saudi faction aligned with Al Qaida (There was no ISIS at the time.)

Another Spanish journalist held with them, Marc Marginedas, has also written an account of his ordeal, in El Periódico de Catalunya, but it is subscription only.

There were 23 foreign hostages in all. Espinosa and the other two Spanish hostages were the first to be released, in March, 2014.

Again, there is so much more in the full version, I highly recommend reading it, using Google or Bing translator (You might have to paste in segments as it's very long.)

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