Islamic State seeks legitimacy in prisoner swap

January 29, 2015 10:49 PM

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Islamic State militants holding two hostages are pursuing a prisoner swap with Jordan because they believe such negotiations with a country will bring them international standing and also demonstrate that recruits won't be forgotten if captured.

"This suggests they are operating on the same plane as a state," said Daniel Benjamin, a former State Department counterterrorism official who is now director of Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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