Islamists used water torture on hostages

August 29, 2014 11:43 AM

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WASHINGTON — At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who recently was executed, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners.

James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants, who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11 attack.

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