Poet Daniel Johnson wrote "In the Absence of Sparrows" during the 656-day captivity of his close friend, journalist James Foley. on Aug 19, Foley became the first American citizen known to be killed by the Islamic State group.
By Anne Azzi Davenport
Islamic extremists released video Tuesday depicting the grisly decapitation of an American civilian held hostage in Iraq, saying the act was in retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.
By PBS NewsHour
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