this harrowing account of a canadian reporter held hostage for 5 days is an incredibly interesting read. as a sidenote, apparently google can save lives:
" I was especially relieved to learn that his brother had told him of the decision to set us free. We were also told that we had only to have our identities confirmed – via a Google search on the internet – and he would keep the promise of the martyred Emir. In the meantime, we would remain with the mujahedeen."