The United States Government policy on terrorism is rock solid. The US will never make a deal with terrorists. Should it be that an American ignores the warning in the consulate web pages or absolutely must travel through the area, the US will look to the host government and its international legal responsibility to protect travelers abducted by territories within its boarders and bring about safe release from the travel hostage situation.
The US is constantly working with these governments across the world from the outset of any hostage-taking incident. It is their aim to ensure that US citizens and any other victims are released unharmed as quickly and safely as possible.
However, the state department can reiterate enough that it is policy to never make a deal with terrori...