New Zealand’s foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The collapse of the Islamic State group has raised hopes that Akavi and the two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her might now be discovered. “We continue to work together (with the Red Cross) to locate and recover her,” New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. Peters said New Zealand had sent a small multi-agency team, including special forces, to Iraq to gather information on Akavi. “Every decision was to maximize the chance of Louisa’s freedom ... and every decision was coordinated with the New Zealand government,” Stillhart said at a news conference in Geneva.
Source: Fox News April 15, 2019 08:48 UTC