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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Number of Foreigners Taken Hostage in Iraq Tops 100

NewsMax Wires Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004
Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped more than 100 people in their campaign to drive out coalition forces and hamper reconstruction: HELD HOSTAGE

-Christian Chesnot, 37, and George Malbrunot, 41, French journalists. Disappeared Aug. 21 while apparently driving toward Najaf.

-Aytullah Gezmen, of Turkey. Kidnapped July 27 or 28. Worked for Bilintur, Turkish company providing laundry service for Jordanian firm in Iraq.

-Mustafa Koksal and Durmus Kumdereli, Turkish truck drivers. Kidnapped Aug. 14 outside Mosul after delivering water to U.S. base in Baghdad.

-Faridoun Jihani, Iranian consul to Karbala. In video made public Aug. 7, kidnappers accuse Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs.

-Vlada Abu Ghadi, Lebanese director of Lara construction company. Abducted July 31 in Baghdad.

-Ali Ahmed Moussa, Somali truck driver. In video aired July 29, insurgents threaten to kill him if Kuwaiti employer doesn't leave Iraq.

-Raad Adnan, Iraqi general director of government-owned Al-Mansour Contracting Co. Kidnapped July 24.

-Rifat Mohammed Rifat, of Canada. Prison worker. Abducted April 8.

-Aban Elias, 41, Iraqi-American. Held since May 3 by group calling itself the Islamic Rage Brigade.

HOSTAGES KILLED

-Twelve Nepalese workers. One beheaded and 11 shot in the head and killed in a video posted on an Islamic Web site Aug. 31. The men worked for a Jordan-based construction company.

-Murat Yuce, of Turkey. Shot and killed in video made public Aug. 2. Worked for Bilintur, Turkish company providing laundry service for Jordanian firm in Iraq.

-Raja Azad, 49, engineer, and Sajad Naeem, 29, driver, both Pakistani, working for Kuwaiti-based firm. Slain July 28. Group calling itself Islamic Army in Iraq said they were killed because Pakistan considering sending troops to Iraq.

-Georgi Lazov, 30, and Ivaylo Kepov, 32, Bulgarian truck drivers. Militants loyal to Jordanian terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are suspected of decapitating both men.

-U.S. Army Spc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio. He disappeared April 9. Arab television reported June 29 that he was killed but the U.S. military could not confirm that.

-Kim Sun-il, 33, South Korea translator. Beheaded June 22 by al-Qaida-linked group.

-Hussein Ali Alyan, 26, Lebanese construction worker. Found shot to death June 12. Lebanese Foreign Ministry says killers sought ransom, not political goal.

-Fabrizio Quattrocchi, 35, Italian security guard. Killed April 14. Previously unknown group, the Green Battalion, claimed responsibility.

-Nicholas Berg, 26, American businessman. Beheaded by al-Qaida-linked group after being kidnapped in April.

-Enzo Baldoni, Italian journalist. Reported killed Aug. 26 by militants.

ESCAPED HOSTAGES

-Thomas Hamill, 44, American truck driver. Escaped May 2 after being wounded in April 9 ambush on fuel convoy.

-Radoslaw Kadri, Polish businessman. Escaped by jumping from car near U.S. troops after abduction June 1.

HOSTAGES FREED OR RESCUED

-Mithat Civi, 48, a Turkish driver captured Sept. 4, was freed Sept. 6, his nation's foreign minister said. The release came a day after Civi's company said it would withdraw from Iraq in line with kidnappers' demands.

-Four Jordanian truck drivers were released by militants, Jordan's foreign minister said Sept. 6.

-Ibrahim Khamis, Salm Faiz Khamis and Jalal Awadh of Kenya; Antaryami, Tilak Raj and Sukdev Singh of India; Mohammed Ali Sanad of Egypt. Truck drivers abducted July 21. Militants threatened to behead them if Kuwaiti employer keeps doing business in Iraq and their countries do not withdraw citizens. The captors released them Sept. 1 after receiving a $500,000 ransom payment.

-Abdullah Ozdemir and Ali Daskin, Turkish construction workers. Kidnapped Aug. 25 and released Aug. 29 after their employers bowed to militant demands that they end operations in Iraq.

-Micah Garen, freelance Western journalist, and Amir Doushi, Iraqi translator. Seized by gunmen Aug. 13. Garen released after aides of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr appealed for his freedom.

-Taha al-Jundi and Khaldoun Othman, Lebanese truck drivers. Kidnapped early August. Freed Aug. 16.

-James Brandon, British freelance journalist. Kidnapped Aug. 12 and freed the next day.

-Jamal Sadeq al-Salaymeh, Jordanian businessman. Abducted Aug. 9 in Baghdad by kidnappers who demanded $250,000. Freed Aug. 12.

-Antoine Antoun, Lebanese businessman. Abducted in Baghdad July 31. Freed Aug. 10.

-Kassem Murqbawi and Nasser Othman, Lebanese truck drivers. Kidnapped early August. Freed Aug. 9.

-Fayez Saad al-Udwan and Mohammad Ahmed al-Manaya'a, Jordanian truck drivers. Kidnapped July 26. Freed Aug. 9.

-Ahmad Sunokrot, a Jordanian businessman, and Ahmad Abu-Jaafar, Mohammad Khleifat and Khaled Ibrahim Sasoud, Jordanian truck drivers. Kidnapped in late July. Freed Aug. 3 by tribal sheik from Fallujah and his armed men who overpowered kidnappers.

-Abdulrahran Demir and Sait Unurlu, Turkish truck drivers. Released Aug. 4 after Turkish trucking union agreed to halt deliveries to U.S. forces.

-Vladimir Damaa, Lebanese director of a construction company in Baghdad. Freed Aug. 1, a day after being abducted.

-Mehmet Dayar, Turkish driver. Abducted July 17. Freed after promising not to return to Iraq.

-Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb, Egyptian diplomat. Abducted July 23. Militants said they seized him because Egypt said it would send security experts to Iraq. Freed July 26.

-Iraqi driver Omar Khaled Selman. Released July 28.

-Angelo dela Cruz, Filipino truck driver. Kidnapped July 4. Freed July 22 after Philippines withdrew 51 troops from Iraq.

-Samer Tamaallah Hussein Tamaallah, Jordanian businessman. Rescued by police on Aug. 17 in Karbala.

-Also freed: 13 Turks, five Japanese, three Czechs, three Italians, four Lebanese, two Russians, an Egyptian, a Pakistani, a Frenchman, five Chinese citizens, a Pole, a Syrian-Canadian, and an Arab Christian from East Jerusalem.

MISSING IN IRAQ

-William Bradley and Timothy Bell. American contract truckers last seen April 9 after convoy attack.

RETURNED FROM IRAQ

-Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun. Failed to report for duty in Iraq June 20. Videotaped images showed him apparently kidnapped. Emerged unharmed in Lebanon, July 8. Brought back to the United States. Denies having deserted.

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