Counter Extremism Project Condemns Threatened Execution of U.S. Citizen by Al-Qaeda

The following is a statement from the Counter Extremism Project:

“The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) strongly condemns the threatened execution of Luke Somers, an American journalist kidnapped and held for more than a year in Yemen by Al-Qaeda. Once again, an American citizen’s life is in the hands of violent extremists. It is reprehensible that Al-Qaeda continues to resort to such barbaric acts to further its   misguided goals.

“CEP, along with all nations, organizations and individuals who believe in tolerance and want peace, calls for the safe and immediate release of Luke Somers. We will continue our fight to end extremism in all its forms and put a stop to these horrific deeds of violence.”

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About The Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, international policy organization formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideology. Led by a renowned group of former world leaders and former diplomats it will aim to combat extremism by pressuring financial support networks, countering the narrative of extremists and their online recruitment, and advocating for strong laws, policies and regulations.


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