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Ill Hostage to Be Freed, Report Says

December 11, 1987|Associated Press

BEIRUT — One of eight Americans held hostage in Lebanon will be released soon because he is gravely ill, the Beirut magazine Ash Shiraa reported today.

The brief report did not name the ailing hostage. It said his condition has "deteriorated and he is facing the threat of death." There was no way of verifying the 27-word report by the weekly, which gained fame by breaking the story of secret U.S. arms sales to Iran in November, 1986.

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