December 25, 1986 |
Extremist Muslim kidnapers, praising Premier Jacques Chirac for altering French policy in the Middle East, released French hostage Aurel Cornea in Beirut on Wednesday, calling their act "a Christmas good-will gesture." The release of the 54-year-old television soundman, who had been kidnaped almost 10 months ago, came after French negotiators resumed talks in Tehran with Iranian negotiators about French repayment of an old billion-dollar loan.
November 10, 1986 |
An underground group believed made up of pro-Iranian Shia Muslim fundamentalists today promised the imminent release of some of its French hostages, but a deadline passed with no sign of the men. The Revolutionary Justice Organization sent two handwritten Arabic statements to the Beirut office of a Western news agency today. The first statement said the release would be within 48 hours and the second said it would take place at 7:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.
November 11, 1986 |
Two of three French hostages held by a shadowy pro-Syrian group of Lebanese Muslims were freed Monday, turned over to Syrian officials and taken to Damascus, diplomatic sources in Beirut said early today. The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a reporter that Camille Sontag and Marcel Coudari had arrived in Damascus, but there were no further details nor any confirmation from the Syrian government.
March 20, 1987 |
Syrian soldiers deployed in Muslim West Beirut have threatened severe retaliation if kidnapers kill any of the 25 foreigners held hostage in Lebanon, police said Thursday. "The Syrians have sent messages through Shia clergymen that they will not sit idly by if a foreign hostage is killed," a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "They threatened the severest possible punishment."
November 13, 1990 |
Joseph Cicippio Jr., son of an American held hostage in Lebanon, has died, apparently of a heart attack, hospital officials said Monday. Cicippio, 35, was taken to North Penn Hospital in Lansdale, north of Philadelphia, early Sunday morning and died a short time later, said a nursing supervisor who refused to give her name. Joseph Cicippio Sr. was taken hostage in Beirut on Sept. 12, 1986. His son is the third member of his family to die since he was taken into captivity.
December 3, 1992
Sunnie Mann, 78, who wrote a book and several articles about her experience as the wife of former British hostage Jack Mann. Mann, a World War II fighter pilot and later a pilot with Middle East Airlines, was held hostage in Lebanon for more than two years by Islamic extremists. He was kidnaped in West Beirut on May 12, 1989, and his abductors demanded the release of unspecified comrades held in London for the 1987 killing of Palestinian cartoonist Ali Naji al-Adhami.
July 31, 1989 |
Pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim extremists said they hanged Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins today in retaliation for the Israeli abduction of a Hezbollah spiritual leader, and the group holding another American hostage threatened to kill him. The Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, an offshoot of the pro-Iranian Hezbollah or Party of God, released a videotape of a man who appeared to be Higgins hanging from a gallows and said they had killed him today.
December 3, 1991 |
When Joseph J. Cicippio was ambushed and kidnaped by gunmen at the American University of Beirut five years ago, the only traces left behind were bloodstains from a pistol-whipping and a pair of broken eyeglasses. Both were evidence, friends said, that the strong-willed Pennsylvanian had put up a good fight. And they were not surprised. "Joe Cicippio was not the sort of guy to go quietly," a colleague then told reporters in Beirut.
March 7, 1990 |
The Bush Administration said today that it is encouraged by the latest comments from Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani saying a solution to the plight of the Western hostages in Lebanon is near. "We're encouraged by the comments. . . . They certainly are more hopeful than what we've heard in the more distant past," White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said.
March 23, 1987 |
Tehran Radio said today Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite was kidnaped in Lebanon by the Revolutionary Justice Organization. The state-run radio, monitored in Nicosia, said the group seized Waite, claiming he was a U.S. spy. "It is necessary to note that Terry Waite, accused of espionage, was captured by an armed Lebanese group known as Revolutionary Justice," the radio said without elaboration.