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Encyclopedia > Foreign hostages in Iraq


Beginning in April 2004, members of the Iraqi insurgency began taking hostage foreign civilians in Iraq. Since then, they have kidnapped more than 200 foreigners and thousands of Iraqis; among them, 30 foreign hostages have been killed. The motives behind these kidnappings include influencing foreign governments with troops in Iraq and foreign companies with workers there, as well as ransom money and discouraging travel to Iraq. In 2004, executions of captives were often filmed, and several were beheaded. However, the number of videotaped killings has decreased significantly, and now the deaths of hostages are often announced only in a statement. Many hostages remain missing with no clue as to their whereabouts. The US Department of State Hostage Working Group was organized by the US Embassy in Baghdad in the summer of 2004 to monitor hostages in Iraq. 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Deaths in April • 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara • 19 Norris McWhirter • 22 Pat Tillman • 24 Estée Lauder Other recent deaths Ongoing events EU Enlargement Exploration of Mars: Rovers Haiti Rebellion Reconstruction of Iraq – Occupation & Resistance Israeli... The Iraqi insurgency denotes groups using armed resistance against the US-led Coalition occupation of Iraq. ... For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... For the American magazine, see Foreign Policy. ... Beheading. ... Hostage Working Group was organized by the US Department of State at the US Embassy in Baghdad in the summer of 2004 to monitor hostages in Iraq. ...


The following is a list of known foreign hostages in Iraq.

Table of contents

(killed-free-unknown)

Coalition

Australia

2 Released

John Martinkus is a print and television journalist renowned in his native Australia for his courageous reporting from conflict zones. ... The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is one of two government funded Australian public broadcasting radio and television networks, the other being the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the corporation. ... Initial image of Douglas Wood after capture by Iraqi militants. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Bulgaria

2 Killed

An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mosul (Arabic: , Kurdish: موصل Mûsil, Syriac: Nîněwâ, Turkish: Musul) is a city in northern Iraq and the capital of the Ninawa Governorate. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Czech Republic

3 Released

  • Reporter Michal Kubal and cameraman Petr Klíma, of Czech television and Vít Pohanka from Czech Radio were kidnapped on April 11, 2004. They were freed April 16, 2004.

Logo of Česká televizes ČT1 channel. ... Český Rozhlas is the publicly-funded radio broadcaster in the Czech Republic. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Denmark

1 Killed

  • 35-year old Henrik Frandsen was abducted on April 16, 2004, while working on a sewage project, and found dead the next day.[1]

is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Italy

7 Released

  • Umberto Cupertino, Maurizio Agliana and Salvatore Stefio were captured with security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi on April 29, 2004. The three were freed June 8, 2004.
  • Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, aid workers for a Bridge to Baghdad, were kidnapped on September 7, 2004. They were freed on September 28, 2004. Italy allegedly paid $5 million dollars in ransom for their release.[2]
  • Giuliana Sgrena, a reporter for Il Manifesto, was kidnapped on February 4, 2005. When she was released on March 4, 2005, her car was shot at by US troops, and Italian agent Nicola Calipari was killed. Italy allegedly paid $6 million dollars in ransom for her release.

Fabrizio Quattrocchi during his captivity Fabrizio Quattrocchi was a 36-year-old Italian security guard taken hostage by Islamist militants in Iraq and murdered there on April 15, 2004. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Giuliana Sgrena Giuliana Sgrena (born December 20, 1948) is a well-known Italian journalist and author who works for the Italian communist newspaper Il Manifesto and the German weekly Die Zeit. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nicola Calipari Nicola Calipari (June 23, 1953, Reggio Calabria - March 4, 2005, Iraq) was an Italian SISMI military intelligence officer with the rank of Major General. ...

4 Killed

  • Fabrizio Quattrocchi, a security guard captured with 3 others April, was reported killed in a video released on April 14, 2004.
  • Enzo Baldoni, a reporter taken hostage in August and shown being killed in a video released on August 26, 2004. His Iraqi driver/translator was killed during the abduction.
  • Salvatore Santoro, a photojournalist, reported kidnapped and killed on December 16, 2004.
  • Iyad Anwar Wali, an Italian-Iraqi businessman, was reported killed on October 2, 2004.

Fabrizio Quattrocchi during his captivity Fabrizio Quattrocchi was a 36-year-old Italian security guard taken hostage by Islamist militants in Iraq and murdered there on April 15, 2004. ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Enzo G. Baldoni (1948, Città di Castello, Umbria - August 26, 2004, undisclosed location, Iraq) was an Italian journalist working freelance and for the Italian news magazine Diario. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Iyad Anwar Wali or Ayad Anwar Wali was a 44 year old Iraqi Italian businessman, who had lived in Italy for 24 years. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Japan

3 Released

  • Soichiro Koriyama, Noriaki Imai, and Nahoko Takato, Japanese citizens were kidnapped on April 8, 2004, but released on April 16, 2004.

April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

2 Killed

Shosei Koda Shosei Koda (香田証生 Kōda Shōsei, November 29, 1979–November 3, 2004?) was a Japanese citizen who was kidnapped and later beheaded in Iraq of November 3, 2004 while touring the country. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Akihiko Saito was a Japanese security guard who was taken hostage by the Jaish Ansar al-Sunna in Iraq, and later died in captivity of wounds he had received in an earlier gunbattle. ... is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Macedonia

3 Killed

  • Dalibor Lazarevski, Dragan Markovic, and Zoran Naskovski, were kidnapped August 21, 2004, near Baghdad. They worked for Soufan Engineering, which caters to the needs of the US military and its private contractors. On October 22, 2004, the Macedonian government confirmed the three had been killed.

is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

2 Released

Basrah International Airport (IATA: BSR, ICAO: ORMM) is the second largest international airport in Iraq, and is located in the southern city of Basra. ... is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Philippines

2 Released

  • Angelo de la Cruz, a truck driver, was taken hostage on July 7, 2004. De la Cruz was released after the Philippines withdrew their 51 troops in the country on July 20, 2004. His Iraqi bodyguard was killed during the abduction.
  • Roberto Tarongoy, captured on November 1, 2004. He was released eight months later, on June 22, 2005.

is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Poland

2 Released

is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Teresa Borcz Khalifa (1954-) is a Polish foreign aid worker. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Romania

3 Released

  • Marie Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, and Ovidiu Ohanesian, Journalists, were kidnapped on March 28, 2005 in Baghdad. Their Iraqi-American translator, Mohammad Munaf, also went missing with them. They were released on May 22, 2005; Monaf was accused by the Romanian government of organizing the kidnapping and is being held by American authorities.

Marie Jeanne Ion (born 1972) is a Romanian journalist for Prima TV, taken hostage in Iraq on March 28, 2005, freed May 22, along with Sorin Miscoci and Eduard Ohanesian. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mohammad Munaf (born November 2, 1935, Mumbai, India) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in four Tests from 1959 to 1962. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

South Korea

1 Killed

Kim Sun-il (September 13, 1970 – June 22, 2004) was a South Korean translator working in Iraq for Gana General Trading Company, a South Korean company under contract to the U.S. military. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Ukraine

5 Released

  • Five energy workers from Interenergoservis were kidnapped on April 12, 2004, along with 3 Russians and a man immediately released, all were released the next day with the insurgents apologizing, noting that they did not realise they were Russian and Ukrainian.[3]

is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

United Kingdom

5 Released

  • Gary Teeley, a British civilian, was kidnapped in Nasiriya on April 5, 2004, and has been released after six days on April 11, 2004.
  • James Brandon, a stringer for The Sunday Telegraph, was kidnapped in Basra on August 12, 2004, but released the next day by his captors.
  • Stephen Farrell, a freelance journalist was kidnapped along with his American colleague Orlay Halpern by a group of Iraqi highway bandits near Falluja on April 6, 2004, after a fight broke out between U.S. forces, Sunnis and Shiites. They were released the same day, after Halpern said she talked her way free by speaking Arabic to hostage-takers and convincing them that she and Farrell were journalists, not CIA.
  • Phillip Sands, a freelancer reporter, was abducted on December 26, 2005, along with his Iraqi interpreter and driver. His abductors were gunmen who planned on using him to get Britain to pull all troops out of Iraq and release all Iraqi prisoners. Phillip was also filmed pleading for his life. However, the tape was never sent to Al Jazeera. On December 31, 2005, Phillip and his two colleagues were rescued by U.S. troops who revealed that no one knew he was missing.
  • Norman Kember, an aid worker for Christian Peacemaker Teams, was kidnapped along with two Canadians and an American on November 27, 2005. He was freed in a Coalition raid March 23, 2006. See 2005-2006 Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis.

Nāşirīyah (also transliterated as Nassiriya or Nasiriya; in Arabic ناصرية, al-Nasiriyah or an-Nasiriyah) is a city in Iraq. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... James Brandon (born 20 September 1980) is a British journalist, most recently working in Iraq freelance on assignment from the Sunday Telegraph and The Scotsman, covering the occupation and resistance. ... This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ... This article is about the city of Basra. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Stephen Farrell is a British journalist who has been the Middle East correspondent for The Times of London. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Norman Kember being held as a hostage. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Norman Kember and Harmeet Singh Sooden were held hostage, as depicted here on Al Jazeera television. ...

2 Killed

Kenneth Bigley and his wife Sombat at their wedding in 1998. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Margaret Hassan Margaret Hassan (also known as Madam Margaret) (April 18, 1945 – November 16, 2004) was an aid worker who worked in Iraq for many years and was kidnapped and murdered there at the age of 59 by Islamic militants. ... Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) is one of the largest private international humanitarian organizations in the world, with programmes in over 72 countries. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

5 Unknown

  • A British contractor and his four British security guards were kidnapped from the Iraqi Finance ministry on May 29, 2007.

is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

United States

1 Escaped

  • Thomas Hamill, a truck driver, was seized in a deadly convoy attack on April 9, 2004. He was later shown in a video, but escaped on May 1, 2004.

is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

4 Released

  • Micah Garen, a freelance reporter, was kidnapped on August 13, 2004, near Nasiriyah. He was freed on August 22, 2004. His Iraqi interpreter was also released.
  • Roy Hallums, an employee of a Saudi trading company, was seized on November 1, 2004, in Baghdad. He was shown in a video aired on January 25, 2005. On September 7, 2005, he was freed in an operation by coalition troops.
  • Paul Taggart, a freelance photographer, was kidnapped on October 10, 2004. He was released on October 12, 2004, after pleas from Muqtada Al Sadr.
  • Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped in West Baghdad on the January 7, 2006, by unknown gunmen. Her Iraqi interpreter was killed during the kidnapping. Her driver escaped. Her kidnappers demanded the release of all female Iraqi prisoners. She was shown in four videos during her captivity. She was released on March 30, 2006.

Micah Garen is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer, and founder of Four Corners Media. ... is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... NāşirÄ«yah (also transliterated as Nassiriya or Nasiriya; in Arabic الناصرية, al-Nasiriyah or an-Nasiriyah) is a city in Iraq. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Roy Hallums, seen in a video released January 25, 2005. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Muqtada al-Sadr Muqtada al-Sadr (Arabic: مقتدى الصدر, also transliterated as Moqtada Alsadr) (b. ... Jill Carroll appeared in a video released by the terrorist group, Brigades of Vengeance Jill Carroll (born 1977) is an American journalist who was kidnapped and ultimately released in Iraq. ... The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international newspaper published daily, Monday through Friday. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

6 Killed

  • Nick Berg, a businessman went missing on April 9, 2004. His widely-publicized beheading was shown in a video May 11, 2004. His body had been found the day before.
  • William Bradley, a contractor for Halliburton, went missing on April 9, 2004, along with Keith Maupin and Timothy Bell. William's body was found on January 7, 2005, near the site of his disappearance. It is unknown if he was kidnapped or simply died and was buried by insurgents. Maupin and Bell are still missing and presumed dead.
  • Eugene Armstrong, a contractor, was kidnapped on September 16, 2004. He was beheaded on September 20, .
  • Jack Hensley, a contractor, was kidnapped with Armstrong. He was beheaded September 21, 2004.
  • Ronald Schulz, a security consultant, was reported kidnapped on December 6, 2005. On December 19, 2005, the Islamic Army issued a video showing Schulz's killing in which he is shot in the head after the U.S failed to give in to their demands regarding the release of Iraqi prisoners.
  • Tom Fox, an aid worker working for Christian Peacemaker Teams, was reported kidnapped on November 27, 2005, along with two Canadians and a Briton. His body was found on March 10, 2006. See 2005-2006 Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis.

Nicholas Berg (April 2, 1978 – May 7, 2004) was an American businessman seeking telecommunications work in Iraq during the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Haliburton. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Eugene Armstrong, in orange, seated, before his decapitation by the five men standing over him. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Hensley, seated in orange, before his beheading by the five men standing over him Jack Hensley (September 22, 1955 – September 21, 2004) was an American engineer from Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, near Atlanta. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Ronald Alan Schulz (b. ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Tom Fox (born 1951) is an American peace activist, affiliated with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. ... Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an international organization set up to support teams of peace workers in conflict areas around the world. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Norman Kember and Harmeet Singh Sooden were held hostage, as depicted here on Al Jazeera television. ...

11 Unknown

  • Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, an Iraqi-American linguist soldier, was kidnapped on October 23, 2006 while visiting his wife Israa Abdul-Satar's (student at al-Mustansariyah University) family. He was kidnapped along with his cousin by armed men and taken into a waiting vehicles outside. His cousin was freed later that evening. His kidnappers have demanded $250,000 for Ahmed's release. On February 14, 2007, a proof of life video of Ahmed was finally posted on a militant Shiite website. A previously unknown group called the "Ahel al-Beit Brigades" claimed responsibility for Ahmed's abduction. The eight second video showed Ahmed reading from a paper but no audio was heard. His uncle identified him as the man in the video. Ahmed hasn't been heard from since.[4]
  • Kirk von Ackermann, a contractor, went missing on October 9, 2003, near Tikrit. His whereabouts are unknown. The Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU) at U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (HQCID) has been investigating his disappearance.
  • Timothy Bell, a contractor for Halliburton, went missing on April 9, 2004 along with Keith Maupin and William Bradley. He was never shown in a hostage video and is presumed dead.
  • Aban Elias, an Iraqi-American engineer from Denver, was shown being held hostage in a video on May 3, 2004. He has not been heard from since.
  • SSg. Keith Maupin was kidnapped on April 9, 2004. He was shown in a videotape that month and reported killed in a video on June 28, 2004. He he is currently listed as missing in action.
  • Radim Sadeq Mohammed Sadeq, also called "Dean Sadek", a businessman kidnapped on November 2, 2004, in Baghdad. He was shown in a video that month and in another video dated Christmas Eve but released in late January on NBC. He has not been heard from since.
  • Jeffrey Ake, a contractor, was kidnapped on April 11, 2005, and shown in a videotape. He has not been heard from since.
  • Paul Johnson Reuben, Jonathon Cote, Joshua Munz, John Roy Young were kidnapped along with an Austrian named Bert Nussbaumer on November 16, 2006. Their captors demanded 150,000 dollars in exchange for the hostages' release. They appeared in two hostage videos released in December 2006 and January 2007 which they plead for the U.S. to withdraw troops from Iraq and to free all Iraqi prisoners and also stated that they were being treated well. The five men haven't been heard from since.[5][6][7]
  • An unidentified American contractor of Iraqi origin was kidnapped along with an Iraqi translator and an Iraqi driver on January 5, 2007. The two Iraqis were found dead the next day. The American is still missing.[8]

Specialist Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie (pronounced: AH-meht KOO-say ahl tah-YEE)(b. ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Kirk von Ackermann was an American contractor employed by Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey when he disappeared on October 9, 2003 in Iraq. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Looking north along the Tigris towards Saddams Presidential palace in April 2003 Tikrit (تكريت, Tikrīt also transliterated as Takrit or Tekrit) is a town in Iraq, located 140 km northwest of Baghdad on the Tigris river (at 34. ... For other uses, see Haliburton. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... U.S. Army PFC Keith Maupin. ... Aban Elias an Iraqi-American is a civil engineer from Denver, Colorado. ... This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... U.S. Army PFC Keith Maupin. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... MIA is a three-letter acronym that is most commonly used to designate a combatant who is Missing In Action, and has not yet returned or otherwise been accounted for as either dead (KIA) or a prisoner of war (POW). ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

Non-coalition

Algeria

2 Killed

  • Ali Balarousi, Algerian Chargé d'affaires, and, Azzedin Belkadi, Algerian diplomatic attache, were kidnapped on July 21, 2005 in Baghdad. The Algerian government, on July 27, 2005, said they had been killed. Their driver was also killed. His nationality was not mentioned but it's assumed he was Iraqi.[9]

In diplomacy, chargé daffaires (French for in charge of business), is the title of two classes of diplomatic agents: Chargés daffaires (ministres chargés daffaires), who were placed by the reglement of the Congress of Vienna in the fourth class of diplomatic agents, are heads of... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Austria

1 Unknown

  • Bert Nussbaumer, an Austrian contractor kidnapped along with four Americans on November 16, 2006. Their captors demanded 150,000 dollars in ransom in exchange for the hostages' release. They appeared in two hostage videos released in December 2006 and January 2007 which they plead for the U.S. to withdraw troops from Iraq and to free all Iraqi prisoners and also stated that they were being treated well. The five men haven't been heard from since.

is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Bangladesh

1 Released

  • Abul Kashem, a truck driver, was kidnapped on October 28, 2004, as he ferried supplies to Kuwait. He was freed on December 10, 2004.

is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Brazil

1 Killed

  • João José Vasconcelos, an engineer, was kidnapped on January 19, 2005, in an ambush on the Baghdad Airport road. He was confirmed killed more than two years after his kidnapping.[10]

is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Route Irish is the nickname of the 5 mile (8 km) stretch of highway in Baghdad, Iraq linking the the Green Zone to Baghdad International Airport. ...

Canada

6 Released

Fadi Ihsan Fadel is a Canadian humanitarian worker who was taken hostage in Iraq. ... Najaf (Arabic: ‎; BGN: An Najaf) is a city in Iraq about 160 km south of Baghdad. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Naji al-Kuwaiti is a Canadian who was held hostage in Iraq from April 28 to May 4, 2004. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Fairuz Yamulky is an Iraqi-born Canadian, from Calgary, Alberta, who was working in Iraq for GSF Cement and Sand Company, when she was kidnapped and held captive for 16 days in northern Iraq. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States National Guard is a reserve forces component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ... Scott Taylor is a Canadian journalist who specializes in military and war reporting. ... Ansar al-Islam (Arabic: انصار الاسلام, Supporters or Partisans of Islam) is a Kurdish Sunni Islamist group, promoting a radical interpretation of Islam and holy war. ... Tal Afar (also Tal Afar, Tall Afar, Tell Afar, Tel Afar) (in Arabic: تل عفر, in Kurdish: Telehfer) (also تلعفر) is a city in northern Iraq, about 30 miles west of Mosul. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... James Loney (born 1964) is a Canadian peace activist who has worked for several years with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq and Palestine. ... Harmeet Singh Sooden (born 1973) is a Canadian peace activist working with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. ... Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an international organization set up to support teams of peace workers in conflict areas around the world. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Norman Kember and Harmeet Singh Sooden were held hostage, as depicted here on Al Jazeera television. ...

1 Killed

  • Zaid Meerwali, who held dual Canadian-Iraqi citizenship, was seized August 2, 2005, and $250,000 in ransom was demanded. Officials in Canada said, that on August 15, 2005, he had been shot in the head while the family was preparing the ransom money.[11]

Ziad Meerwali who held dual Canadian-Iraqi citizenship, was seized August 2, 2005 and $250,000 in ransom was demanded. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

1 Unknown

Rifat Mohammed Rifat is an Iraq born Canadian citizen who was last seen in Iraq on April 8, 2004, and confirmed by the Canadian government to have been taken hostage there. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

China

15 Released

  • Seven workers were abducted on April 11, 2004, but were released on April 13, 2004.
  • Eight unemployed construction workers were kidnapped by al-Numan Brigades on January 18, 2005, as they tried to leave the country. They were released four days later. The group included three teenagers.[12]

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Cyprus

1 Released

  • Garabet Jean Jekerjian, a man with dual Lebanese-Cypriot citizenship, was abducted on September 14, 2005. He was released on December 31, 2005, in exchange for a $200,000 ransom.[13][14]

is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Egypt

10 Released

  • Mohammed Ali Sanad, a truck driver, was seized with three Indians and three Kenyans on July 22, 2004. He was released on September 1, 2004.
  • Mohamed Mamdouh Qutb, a diplomat, was seized in Baghdad on July 23, 2004. He was freed on July 26, 2004.
  • At least two workers for Orascom, a mobile phone company, were kidnapped on September 24, 2004, but freed on September 28, 2004.
  • Four Egyptians working for a mobile phone company were kidnapped on February 6, 2005. They were freed the next day by US forces.
  • Nabil Tawfiq Sulieman and Matwali Mohammed Qassem, Egyptian engineers for the firm Unitrak, were abducted on a road west of Baghdad, a video on an Islamic website said on March 19, 2005. They were released a day later although the Associated Press and Reuters did not bother to report their release.[15]

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3 Killed

  • Mohammed Mutawalli, a purported "Egypt spy", was beheaded in a video on August 10, 2004.
  • Nasser Juma, a contractor's body was found on September 5, 2004.
  • Ihab al-Sherif, Egyptian envoy to Baghdad, captured on July 3, 2005, and reported killed on July 7, 2005.

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1 Unknown

  • Samuel Dwara, an engineer working for Iraqna Mobile Company, was kidnapped on September 26, 2005, in Baghdad.

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France

4 Released

  • Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, two reporters, were kidnapped August 21, 2004. They were released December 21. France allegedly paid $15 million dollars in ransom for their release.
  • Florence Aubenas, a reporter for the daily Libération. She disappeared January 5, 2005 but was released with her Iraqi assistant, Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi, on June 11. France allegedly paid $10 million dollars in ransom for her release.
  • Bernard Planche, a water engineer, was kidnapped in Mansour on December 5, 2005. He was freed on January 7, 2006, when his captors fled the house where they were holding him during a military operation.[16]

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Germany

2 Killed

  • Tobias Retterath and Thomas Hafenecker, two members of the German special forces unit GSG 9, have been disappeared on April 7, 2004, on an attack near Fallujah, one was found dead on May 1, 2004, the other is still missing.

Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG 9 - Border protection group 9) is a German counter-terrorism unit, and is considered to be among the best of such units in the world. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... This article is about the city of Fallujah in Iraq. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

4 Released

  • Susanne Osthoff, an archaeologist, was kidnapped with her driver around November 25, 2005, according to the German Foreign Ministry. They were released on December 18, 2005, after Germany allegedly paid the kidnappers $5 million dollars in ransom. It is also speculated that Germany released Mohammed Ali Hamadi in exchange for Osthoff's release.
  • Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich, two engineers, were kidnapped by gunmen near Baiji on January 24, 2006. They appeared in four videos and their kidnappers demanded that Germany end its cooperation with the Iraqi regime, close its mission in Baghdad, ensure that all German businesses cease dealings there, and the release of all Iraqi prisoners held by US forces. On May 2, 2006, the German government announced the two had been freed. Germany allegedly paid $5 million dollars ransom in ransom for their release.
  • Hannelore Krause, living in Iraq, was kidnapped on February 6, 2007, with her son Sinan in Baghdad. Hannelore Krause was freed on July 10, 2007, after 155 days in captivity.

Susanne Osthoff (born 1962 in Munich) is a German archaeologist who had worked in Iraq since 1991 until being taken hostage there on November 25, 2005. ... Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mohammed Ali Hamadei, 2005 Mohammed Ali Hammadi (Arabic: ) aka Mohammed Ali Hamadi and Mohammed Ali Hamadei, (born June 13, 1964 in Lebanon) is a Lebanese citizen and alleged member of Hezbollah (aka Lebanese Hizballah), who was convicted in a West German court of law of air piracy, murder, and possession... For other uses, see Baiji (disambiguation). ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Hannelore Krause (born April 14, 1945) is a German woman, living in Baghdad, Iraq, who was kidnapped by Iraqi militants on 6 February 2007. ... is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

1 Unknown

  • Sinan Krause, living in Iraq, was kidnapped on February 6, 2007, with his mother Hannelore in Baghdad. She was freed on July 10, 2007, but Sinan Krause is still being held.

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India

3 Released

  • Antaryami, Sukhdev Singh, and Tilak Raj were truck drivers seized July 22, 2004, with an Egyptian and three Kenyans. They were released September 1, 2004.

Tilak Raj (born Jan 15, 1960) in Delhi was an Indian cricketer who played for Baroda. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Indonesia

4 Released

  • Istiqomah binti Misnad and Casingkem binti Aspin, two female workers of an electricity firm were kidnapped along with six Iraqis and two Lebanese in late September 20004. They appeared in a video broadcasted on Al-Jazzera on September 30, 2004. They appeared in a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera on September 30. The Islamic Army demanded that Indonesia free Abu Bakar Bashir in exchange for the release of the two women. Bashir refused to be released for the two Indonesian women and Indonesia also said it would not free him. The Islamic Army also demanded that the Lebanese government withdraw all nationals working in Iraq for the release of the two Lebanese men. The women were released on October 4, 2004. The six Iraqis were freed sometime that month and the two Lebanese were freed for ransom on November 2004.[17]
  • Indonesian reporter Meutya Hafid and cameraman Budiyanto were kidnapped February 15, 2005. They were freed on February 21, 2005. Their Jordanian driver was also released.[18]

is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Abu Bakar Bashir Abu Bakar Bashir (also Abubakar Baasyir, Abdus Somad, and Ustad Abu (Teacher Abu) (born August 17, 1938) is an Indonesian Muslim cleric and leader of the Indonesian Mujahedeen Council (MMI). ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Iran

7 Released

  • Fereidoun Jahani, an Iranian diplomat, was kidnapped near Karbala on August 4, 2004. He was released on September 27, 2004.
  • Six Iranian pilgrims and their Iraqi guide were kidnapped on November 28, 2005. Their Iraqi driver was wounded but was not abducted. The Iraqi guide and two of the Iranian pilgrims (who are women) were released a day later. The four male hostages were shown in a video on December 11, 2005. They were released on February 10, 2006.

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Ireland

1 Released

Rory Carroll is an Irish journalist for The Guardian. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Israel

1 Released

  • Nabil Razouk, an Israeli Arab from East Jerusalem working for the US company Research Triangle International, was kidnapped April 8, 2004. He was freed on April 22, 2004, after pleas from his family and Palestinians.

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Jordan

2 Released

  • Ibrahim al-Maharmeh, a businessman, was kidnapped in Baghdad on March 5, 2005. He was released on March 8, 2005, after a ransom was paid.
  • Mahmoud Suleiman Saidat, a driver for the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, was kidnapped on December 20, 2006 . He was later shown on a videotape calling for the release of failed suicide bomber Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi. He was released on February 21, 2006.

This article is about the day. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi (born 1970) is an Iraqi terrorist, who took part in the 2005 Amman bombings in Jordan but survived when her explosive belt failed to detonate. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Kenya

3 Released

  • Faiz Khamis Salim, Jalal Mohamed Awadh, and Ibrahim Khamis Idd were kidnapped on July 22, 2004, with 3 Indians and an Egyptian. They were freed September 1, 2004.

is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

2 Unknown

  • Moses Munyau and George Noballa, engineers from the Iraqna telephone company, were reported kidnapped after an ambush on January 18, 2006.

is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Lebanon

3 Released

  • Mohammed Hamad, was kidnapped when he was seven years old on October 22, 2004, after being lured into a car by his captors while he was walking home from school. His captors told him his father was hurt in a car accident. His kidnappers told his father they would behead his son unless they were paid $150,000. They eventually lowered their demand to $70,000 and then lowered it again to $1,725. The $1,725 ransom was paid and Mohammed was released on October 29, 2004. Mohammed stated he was treated well and was given food. He is the youngest child known to been kidnapped in Iraq. [19] [20] [21]
  • Marwan Ibrahim al-Qassar and Mohammed Jawdat Hussein were kidnapped by the Islamic Army in Iraq in late on in September 2004 along with six Iraqis and two Indonesian women. They appeared in a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera on September 30, 2004. The Islamic Army demanded that Indonesia free Abu Bakar Bashir in exchange for the release of the two women. Bashir refused to be released for the two Indonesian women and Indonesia also said it would not free him. The Islamic Army also demanded that the Lebanese government withdraw all nationals working in Iraq for the release of the two Lebanese men. The Iraqis and the two Indonesian women were freed in October 2004. Marwan and Mohammed were freed for ransom in November 2004.[22][23]

is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Abu Bakar Bashir Abu Bakar Bashir (also Abubakar Baasyir, Abdus Somad, and Ustad Abu (Teacher Abu) (born August 17, 1938) is an Indonesian Muslim cleric and leader of the Indonesian Mujahedeen Council (MMI). ...

1 Unknown

  • Badri Ghazi Abu Hamzah, a businessman. Lebanese media quoted his family as saying he was seized on the road to Tikrit on November 6, 2004.

Looking north along the Tigris towards Saddams Presidential palace in April 2003 Tikrit (تكريت, Tikrīt also transliterated as Takrit or Tekrit) is a town in Iraq, located 140 km northwest of Baghdad on the Tigris river (at 34. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Morocco

2 Killed

  • Driver Abderrahim Boualam and assistant Abdelkrim El Mouhafidim, both workers at the Moroccan embassy in Baghdad, went missing on October 20, 2005 while driving back from Jordan. On October 25, 2005, militants claimed their kidnapping. On November 3, 2005, Al Qaeda in Iraq said in an internet statement that it had decided to kill the two hostages. Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly later confessed to having arranged the kidnappings. He stated that two Kurds were kidnapped with the Moroccans and were later executed.[24]

is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A high-ranking aide of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the Iraq War, Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly was captured by Jordanian intelligence officers in May 2006 and gave information that may have resulted in al-Zarqawais death in an airstrike a month later. ...

Nepal

1 Released

is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

12 Killed

  • Gyanendra Shrestha, Manoj Kumar Thakur, Rajendra Kumar Shrestha, Jit Bahadur Thapa, Budha Kumar Shas, Ramesh Khadka, Mangal Bahadur Limbu, Sanjaya Kumar Thakur, Lalan Sing Koirala, Chhok Bahadur Thapa, Prakash Adhikari, and Bishnu Hari Thapa, were twelve Nepalese taken hostage on August 23, 2004. A video from August 31, 2004, showed the beheading of one and the shooting in the head of the 11 others.

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Palestinian Territories

This article is about the Palestinian territories as a geopolitical phenomenon. ...

1 Unknown

  • Rami Daas, a 26 year-old Palestinian student, was reported kidnapped by his family on May 9, 2005, by gunmen in the northern city of Mosul. His fate is unknown.

is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mosul (Arabic: , Kurdish: موصل Mûsil, Syriac: Nîněwâ, Turkish: Musul) is a city in northern Iraq and the capital of the Ninawa Governorate. ...

Pakistan

13 Released

  • Amjad Hafeez, a driver, was kidnapped on June 25, 2004. He was freed on July 2, 2004.
  • A worker at the Pakistani embassy was abducted on April 25, 2005, but released two weeks later.
  • Eleven Pakistani construction workers were kidnapped from their bus near Nasiriyah on August 13, 2005. They were released August 22.

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2 Killed

  • Azad Hussein Khan, and Sajjad Naeem, truck drivers, were kidnapped on July 23, 2004, and killed. Their captors demanded their Kuwaiti company leave Iraq. In a video released on July 29, 2004, their bodies were shown. An Iraqi driver kidnapped with them was released.

is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

1 Unknown

  • Mohammed Shafique Aslam, truck driver, missing since April 10, 2006, when the convoy he was travelling with was attacked near Fallujah.

is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Russia

5 Released

  • Three energy workers from Interenergoservis were kidnapped April 12, 2004 along with 5 Ukrainians and a man immediately released, all were released the next day with the insurgents apologizing, noting that they did not realise they were Russian/Ukrainian.[25]
  • Andrei Meshcheryakov and Aleksandr Gordiyenko, employees of Interenergoservis, were kidnapped on May 10, 2004, but released on May 17, 2004.

is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

4 Killed

  • Fyodor Zaitsev, third secretary of the Russian Embassy in Iraq, and embassy employees Rinat Agliulin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseyev were abducted after an ambush in Baghdad on June 3, 2006. Another diplomat, Vitaly Titov, was shot and killed. A group claimed to have executed them on June 21, 2006, and a video released on June 25, 2006, confirmed their deaths. The kidnapper group gave 48 hours to Putin administration to pull out his troops from Chechnya.

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Somalia

1 Released

  • Ali Ahmed Mousa, a truck driver, was taken hostage on July 29, 2004, in order to convince his Kuwaiti employer to withdraw from Iraq. He was released several days later and did an interview for BBC.

is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

South Africa

4 Unknown

  • Andre Durant, Callie Scheepers, Hardus Greeff and Johann Eslin were abducted at a bogus roadblock in Baghdad by unidentified men on December 10, 2006, along with 5 Iraqis. The Iraqis were released two days later. There were some talks that these four were still alive in January 2007, but since then there has been no word on their fates.

is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Sri Lanka

1 Released

  • Dinesh Dharmendran Rajaratnam, a truck driver, was kidnapped on October 28, 2004, while ferrying supplies to Kuwait. He was released on December 10, 2004.

is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Sudan

9 Released

  • Noureddin Zakaria, a translator, was kidnapped on October 30, 2004, in Ramadi. He was released on November 6, 2004.
  • Five Sudanese, including the second secretary at the Sudanese embassy, were abducted in Baghdad on December 23, 2005. They were released on December 31, 2005, after Sudan closed its embassy in Baghdad.[26]
  • Mohammed Haroun Hamad, a truck driver, was kidnapped along with his colleague Maher Ataya sometime in March of 2005. The Islamic army claimed responsibility in a statement and internet video for the abductions on March 9. The group claimed that a Sharia Council would decide their fates. On April 6, 2005, A second video announced that the two would be released after the Sharia council decided that they were duped into working with the Americans and ordered that they repent. After their repentance was deemed to be sincere, their release was ordered. [27], [28]

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6 Killed

  • Six Sudanese workers working for Jordanian Al-Daud were shot by Jaish Ansar al-Sunna on April 28, 2005.[29]

Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna or Group of the Protectors of the Sunna (faith) (Arabic: جماعة أنصار السنه ) , (formerly Jaish Ansar al-Sunna) is an Islamist militant group in Iraq that fought the US-led occupation and US-backed interim government of Iyad Allawi, and continues to fight the occupation and the new US... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Sweden

1 Released

Ulf Hjertstrom is a Swedish hostage freed in Iraq. ... is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Syria

1 Released

Christian Chesnot is a French journalist working for Radio France who, along with Georges Malbrunot, was taken hostage on August 20, 2004, by the Islamic Army in Iraq. ... George Malbrunot is a French journalist working for Le Figaro who, along with Christian Chesnot and Muhammed al-Jundi (their driver), was taken hostage on August 20, 2004, by the Islamic Army in Iraq. ... is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city of Fallujah in Iraq. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Turkey

12 Released

  • Abdulkadir Tanrikulu, a businessman, abducted by gunmen from the Bakhan Hotel in Baghdad on January 13, 2005. He was freed on June 29, 2005.
  • Ali Musluoglu, a businessman, Kidnapped in Baghdad on May 19, 2005. He was released on September 20, 2005, in exchange for a $250,000 ransom.
  • Aytullah Gezmen, a truck driver, was kidnapped in Iraq on July 31, 2004, along with his colleague Murat Yuce. Murat was executed on August 16, 2004. Aytullah was released a month later after he "repented" working for the Americans.
  • Hasan Eskimutlu, a technician, was kidnapped on June 14, 2006, along with his translator. His captors sent a video to Aljazeera in which they demanded the Turkish government withdraw it's ambassador from Baghdad and that they put pressure on the Iraqi government to free male and female prisoners from U.S and Iraqi prisons. They were freed on August 2, 2006.
  • A group of eight soldiers kidnapped in north Iraq on October 23, 2007, by Kurdish guerrillas, were released on November 4, 2007, after diplomatic push.

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3 Killed

  • Dursun Ali Yildirim Tek, a truck driver, was kidnapped on July 23, 2006. Two videos were broadcast on the internet in which his captors have demanded the Turkish government end all cooperation with Iraq and that they shut down the company Yildirim works for. In the second video, a 72 hour deadline was issued in which Turkey must give in to the captors demands or Yildirim would be executed. He was killed sometime in October after the deadline passed and his body was found near Baghdad's Airport. His body was identified a month and a half later. [30]
  • Murat Yuce, a truck driver, was kidnapped in Iraq along with his colleague Aytullah Gezmen in late July 2004. A video showing him being shot in the head by Abu Ayyub al-Masri was posted on a web site on August 2, 2004. Aytullah was released a month later after he "repented" working for the Americans
  • Maher Kemal, a contractor, was reported beheaded on October 11, 2004.

is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Murat Yuce was a Turkish truck driver who worked for the Turkish company Bilintur. He was kidnapped in Iraq in early August 2004, during the U.S. occupation of Iraq. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

United Arab Emirates

1 Released

  • Naji Rashid al-Nuaimi, the first secretary of the UAE's embassy in Baghdad, was abducted by gunmen on May 16, 2006. His captors demanded the UAE abandon its presence in Iraq. Nuaimi was freed on May 30, 2006. His Sudanese driver/bodyguard was wounded and later died of his wounds.[31]

is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

  • Foreign hostages in Afghanistan

Kidnapping and hostage taking has become a common occurrence in Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. ...

External links

  • Indepth Report: Foreign hostages in Iraq, CBC News.
  • [32] 40 Americans kidnapped, 15 freed/released, 10 killed, 15 missing
  • Foreign hostages in Iraq over at Reuters Alertnet, 12/23/05
  • The Missing Newsweek, 03/11/06.
  • How $45 million secretly Bought Freedom

CBC redirects here, as this is the most common use of the abbreviation. ...

Related video

  • Interview with Randy Spivey from the National Hostage Survival Training Center, CBC News: The Hour, December 5, 2005. Retrieved December 28, 2005.

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