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April 23, 1990 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his hands bound and a gun pointed at his head, Alann Steen turned to his wife and said, "Don't worry darling, it's only a demonstration." They were the last words Virginia Steen heard from her husband on the day, more than three years ago, that he was abducted from the campus of Beirut University College along with three fellow academics, Americans Robert Polhill, Jesse Turner and Indian-born U.S. resident Mithileshwar Singh, who was later freed.
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April 23, 1990 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his hands bound and a gun pointed at his head, Alann Steen turned to his wife and said, "Don't worry darling, it's only a demonstration." They were the last words Virginia Steen heard from her husband on the day, more than three years ago, that he was abducted from the campus of Beirut University College along with three fellow academics, Americans Robert Polhill, Jesse Turner and Indian-born U.S. resident Mithileshwar Singh, who was later freed.
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September 24, 1986 | Associated Press
A Shia Muslim extremist group claimed responsibility today for kidnaping an American accountant and for the previously unreported abduction of a Frenchman, and said it will try both for spying. The statement from the Revolutionary Justice Organization, published by the independent Beirut newspaper An Nahar, identified the victims as Joseph James Cicippio, 56, of Norristown, Pa., and Marcel Coudry, a Frenchman.
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October 22, 1986 | Associated Press
The reported abduction of writer Edward A. Tracy brings to six the number of Americans who are believed to be held by Lebanese kidnapers. Eight Frenchmen, two Britons, an Italian, an Irishman and a South Korean are also held hostage there. Altogether, 60 foreigners have been kidnaped in Lebanon since January, 1984. Thirty-four have been freed or have escaped, six have been confirmed killed and three are reported dead. The missing Americans: --Terry A.
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November 3, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
The release Sunday of hostage David P. Jacobsen after 17 months of captivity in Lebanon gave new hope to the families and friends of five Americans still held in the Middle East. In New York City, a former hostage, Father Lawrence Jenco, said he stayed up all night waiting for the State Department's confirmation that one of his fellow hostages had been freed. "It's an extreme joy for me . . . it's a joy for the Jacobsen family," said Jenco, before attending Mass.
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November 1, 1986 | Associated Press
After a surprise visit to Beirut, Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite flew here Friday night by U.S. military helicopter where he reported progress in efforts to free the American hostages. Two Christian radio stations in the Lebanese capital said a hostage release was in the works, starting with the transfer to Syrian hands of two French captives. The report could not be verified and France said there was no basis for it. At least six Americans kidnaped in Lebanon still are captives.
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August 8, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS and NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writers
The deputy Israeli foreign minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rose from the long table in the ministry's Situation Room and, with a purposeful gait, strode to the door, leaving his advisers on the hostage crisis shuffling papers. End of meeting? No, a Foreign Ministry official who was present recalled later. The exit was staged for television.
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August 2, 1989 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
A death threat against American hostage Joseph J. Cicippio was suspended for 48 hours Tuesday night in response to "friendly appeals" and an emotional plea by his Lebanese wife, Cicippio's kidnapers announced in Beirut. The terrorists holding the 58-year-old university controller, who has been a hostage for nearly three years, had threatened to set an execution date for him if an Israeli-held fundamentalist Muslim leader was not set free by 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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November 3, 1986 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
An American held hostage in Lebanon for 17 months by Muslim extremists was released Sunday in West Beirut, and hopes were raised that more American captives will be released in the next few days. David P. Jacobsen, 55, who is from Huntington Beach, Calif., was dropped off on the seafront corniche in the Muslim half of the Lebanese capital at 7 a.m. near the former U.S. Embassy complex.
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March 16, 1990
' . . . What's wrong with reaching out and touching someone when the hostages are at stake?' --President Bush, March 13 Alone in a Damascus, Syria, hotel room, Peggy Say had good reason to feel uneasy. Only days into her first-ever overseas trip, she was about to entertain a personal representative of Abu Nidal, then a fugitive Palestinian revolutionary. But Say wasn't concerned for her own safety. "What do you serve a terrorist?" she wondered.
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