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The Hostage

War correspondent Richard Engel on his kidnapping in Syria last December:

"Abu Jaafar said, 'Get the gasoline.'

"They drenched Abdelrazaq with liquid from a bottle.

"'No, no!' Abdelrazaq begged.

"'Burn him,' Abu Jaafar said.

"They splashed Abdelrazaq with more liquid.

"It was water.

"They wanted to break us and terrorize us and make us docile. They were having fun doing it. Abu Jaafar was laughing most of the time. In the coming days we would become familiar with his short, repetitive, girlish laugh: Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh."
PUBLISHED: March 20, 2013
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6323 words)