Monday February 22, 2016

Former ISIS hostage Nicolas Hénin says Western bombing only helps Islamic State

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For 10 months, French correspondent Nicolas Hénin was a prisoner of ISIS in June 2013.

One of his captors was the notorious extremist known as "Jihadi John" and his fellow captive was U.S. reporter James Foley, whose brutal beheading was filmed for Islamic State propaganda. Other fellow captives were also murdered on camera by their ISIS handlers.


Nicolas Hénin gets off the helicopter upon his arrival with three other French journalists taken hostage in Syria in 2013 and freed Apr. 20, 2014, at the Villacoublay air base southwest of Paris. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

But Nicolas Hénin survived to tell his story, and to share the insights he's gleaned into ISIS. The French journalist joined Anna Maria to share what he thinks is the best strategy for defeating ISIS. 


French journalist Nicolas Henin (R), reunites with his family at the Villacoublay air base southwest of Paris, Apr. 20, 2014. Four French journalists, Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres had been captured in two separate incidents in June 2013 while covering the conflict in Syria. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicolas Hénin's book is called Jihad Academy: A Former ISIS Hostage and Veteran Middle East Journalist Explores Misperceptions of Islamic State and Their Consequences. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.