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Freed Al-Qaida Captive Recounts His Ordeal in Mali

A Dutchman freed from captivity in Mali by French soldiers this week described his struggle to remain mentally and physically well during the 3-1/2 years he spent sleeping outside in the desert as an al-Qaida hostage. In his first statement since being freed Monday, Sjaak Rijke said the years of captivity had been difficult, although he was mostly treated well by his captors. "The past years have been tough, both physically and mentally," he said in a statement issued...

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