October 18, 2011 |
The day was a jarring reminder that for those whose lives have been torn apart by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, elation on one side often equates with anguish on the other. "It's a day of victory and pride to have my son back in my lap!" cried Umm Khalid, who embraced her son Fouad Abu Amrin, 39, for the first time in 15 years as he stepped off a prison bus at the Rafah crossing in the Gaza Strip. Older and grayer than the 20-year-old who was sentenced to life in prison for murder, Abu Amrin was one of 477 Palestinian convicts released Tuesday in the first step of a 1,027-for-1 exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
July 20, 2010 |
President Obama joined British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday in condemning last year's release of the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, but both men stopped short of pledging a full inquiry into how the release unfolded and whether embattled BP executives had anything to do with it. Speaking to reporters after a morning of meetings at the White House, Cameron said that, despite reports...
January 6, 2010 |
The Iraqi government freed a leading Shiite Muslim militant on Tuesday, his followers said, part of an exchange that saw a longtime British hostage freed last week. High-level officials in the Iraqi government refused to confirm the release of Qais Khazali, a onetime aide and now rival of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr. Two of Khazali's followers discussed the release on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. A spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry, Alaa Taii, told the Associated Press that Khazali had been freed.
November 24, 2009 |
Expectations of a swap of hundreds of jailed Palestinian militants for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas soared Monday after some of the most promising signs of progress in years of negotiations. Citing the sensitivity of indirect talks with its bitter enemy, the Israeli government imposed silence on its officials and unusually tight censorship on news media to try to keep the details of an emerging agreement under wraps. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip played down the likelihood of an imminent deal, even as other officials on both sides fueled speculation of one. "The light has dawned," Ahmad Bahar, a Hamas official who is deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament, declared to a group of relatives of Palestinian prisoners.
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October 20, 2009 |
Milan C. "Mike" Miskovsky, a onetime CIA lawyer who quietly worked behind the scenes in high-profile prisoner negotiations and also investigated the causes of racial turmoil in the 1960s, died Oct. 15 of lung cancer at his home in Washington. He was 83. Miskovsky's varied career began when he was a forester in the western United States and took him to flash points of the Cold War and civil rights movement. He negotiated a prisoner exchange that freed U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers and helped arrange the release of Cuban Americans captured during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
July 17, 2008 |
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday warmly welcomed the five Lebanese men who were released from Israeli custody in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. Nasrallah embraced Samir Kuntar, the most notorious Lebanese convict held by Israel, who was returning to Lebanon after 29 years in jail. He then hugged the four other fighters released with Kuntar in a swap approved by Israel's Cabinet on Tuesday.