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Al-Qaeda Releases South African Hostage Gerco van Deventer After Six Years

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Al-Qaeda Releases South African Hostage Gerco van Deventer After Six Years

Gift of the Givers Announces Successful Negotiations

Al-Qaeda Releases South African Hostage Gerco van Deventer After Six Years. In a significant development, non-profit organization Gift of the Givers revealed on Sunday the successful release of South African citizen Gerco van Deventer, who had been held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Libya for six years. This marks the longest captivity of a South African hostage.

Hostage Transfer to Al-Qaeda in Mali

Van Deventer was taken hostage and subsequently sold to the militant group Al-Qaeda in Mali in 2018. Gift of the Givers founder and director, Imtiaz Sooliman, disclosed that he was released unconditionally on the previous day.

Gift of the Givers Involvement in Negotiations

Upon the request of Van Deventer’s family, Gift of the Givers initiated negotiations in 2018 and engaged with Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), another militant group with experience in hostage releases.

Financial Negotiations and Facilitation

Sooliman shared that the initial ransom demand was $3 million, eventually negotiated down to $500,000. Notably, Gift of the Givers does not pay ransoms but serves as a facilitator for families seeking the safe return of their loved ones.

Release and Route via Algeria

Van Deventer’s release was confirmed on Saturday, with Gift of the Givers receiving a call notifying them that he was in Algeria. Due to the ongoing conflict in Mali, Algeria was chosen as the route for his release.

Health Review and Reunion

Upon release, Van Deventer underwent a health review in a local hospital. The South African State Security Agency confirmed the release and informed Gift of the Givers about Van Deventer’s freedom. Plans are underway to bring him back to reunite with his family after six years of captivity.

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Outlook

Imtiaz Sooliman expressed gratitude and hope for Gerco’s safe return home, emphasizing the years of prayer, patience, and hope endured by the family throughout this challenging period.

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Where Newcastle United Could Stand in the Premier League with Deserved Points

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Where Newcastle United Could Stand in the Premier League with Deserved Points

Where Newcastle United Could Stand in the Premier League with Deserved Points. As of Sunday morning, the Premier League table reflects Newcastle United’s standing after 15 matches. The question arises: do their performances warrant their current position, or should they have more points?

Current Premier League Standings

After 15 matches, Newcastle United boasts eight wins, two draws, and five losses, accumulating 26 points, placing them seventh in the table.

Game-by-Game Analysis

Here’s an evaluation of each of the 15 matches, questioning whether Newcastle United earned the points they currently have:

  • Newcastle 5, Villa 1: Fair
  • Man City 1, Newcastle 0: Fair
  • Newcastle 1, Liverpool 2: NUFC deserved to win
  • Brighton 3, Newcastle 1: Fair
  • Newcastle 1, Brentford 0: Fair
  • Sheff Utd 0, Newcastle 8: Fair
  • Newcastle 2, Burnley 0: Fair
  • West Ham 2, Newcastle 2: NUFC deserved to win
  • Newcastle 4, Palace 0: Fair
  • Wolves 2, Newcastle 2: Fair
  • Newcastle 1, Arsenal 0: Fair
  • Bournemouth 2, Newcastle 0: Fair
  • Newcastle 4, Chelsea 1: Fair
  • Newcastle 1, Man U 0: Fair
  • Everton 3, Newcastle 0: Fair

In the author’s opinion, 13 out of 15 results align with the performances.

Controversial Matches: West Ham and Liverpool

While the Everton match could be seen as a potential draw, the author concedes Everton’s win. However, the West Ham match, where Newcastle dominated the second half, is considered a missed opportunity. The Liverpool match drew criticism from some fans, with the author arguing that NUFC could have won if luck had been on their side.

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Examining Liverpool Luck

The article delves into Liverpool’s overall luck in the season, highlighting instances where they secured points they didn’t necessarily deserve. Similar observations are made for other top teams like Man U and Tottenham.

Potential Standings with Deserved Points

With an additional five points from the West Ham and Liverpool matches, Newcastle United could currently be fourth in the table, only three points behind Liverpool and five behind Arsenal.

Final Thoughts

The author reflects on the fine margins that separate success from failure and expresses hope for a turn in luck for Newcastle United, both in terms of injuries and results.

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