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Encyclopedia > Roy Hallums
Roy Hallums, seen in a video released January 25, 2005.
Roy Hallums, seen in a video released January 25, 2005.

Roy Hallums (born June 23, 1948) is an American contractor who was kidnapped in Iraq in November 2004. He was held in Iraq for 311 days and freed in September 2005, making his captivity one of the longest for any of the foreigners taken hostage in Iraq. Image File history File links Image from kidnappers video. ... Image File history File links Image from kidnappers video. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... A contractor is in a legal sense one who enters into a binding agreement to perform a certain service or provide a certain product in exchange for valuable consideration, monetary, goods,services, even barter arrangements. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John Morgan • 13... Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Atlantic hurricane season • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Bali bombings investigation • California wildfires • UK Conservative Party leadership election • DeLay political financing scandal • Dengue outbreak in Singapore • Fuel prices / Peak oil • Harriet Miers nomination and hearings • Hurricane Wilma • Irans nuclear program • Kashmir earthquake • London bombings... Beginning in April 2004, members of the Iraqi insurgency began taking hostage foreign civilians in Iraq. ...

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Life

Hallums was born in Newport Beach, California. In 1971 he married Susan Hallums, and they had a daughter, Carrie Anne. The couple divorced in 2003 but remained good friends. Hallums had been working in Saudi Arabia since 1993 and eventually came to work for the Saudi Arabian Trading and Construction Co. After the outbreak of war with Iraq, Hallums went to Baghdad, where his company provided food for the Iraqi Army. City Incorporation September 1, 1906 City Tree Coral Tree City flower Bougainvillea Mayor Steven Bromberg County Orange County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water 50. ... State nickname: The Golden State Official languages English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 4. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse, which can be contrasted with an annulment which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The 2003 Invasion of Iraq began on March 20 comprising United States and United Kingdom forces (98%), and several other nations. ... Average temperature (red) and precipitations (blue) in Baghdad Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Province. ... The New Iraqi Army is being developed by the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT) with the ultimate task of assuming responsibility for all Iraqi land-based military operations following the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. ...


Captivity

On November 1, 2004, 20 gunmen stormed the compound where Hallums and his co-workers were working, in the upscale Mansour District of Baghdad. Hallums was taken hostage along with Roberto Tarongoy of the Philippines, Inus Dewari of Nepal, and three Iraqis. Dewari and the Iraqis were later released soon after their abduction. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On December 18, American diplomats identified Hallums as the American kidnapped on November 1. His family had pleaded for his release weeks before, however, and Hallums had been identified on several websites. December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


His daughter Carrie Anne Cooper soon set up a website [1] asking for Roy's release. His family also appealed for his release on Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera logo Al Jazeera (الجزيرة), meaning The Island or The (Arabian) Peninsula (whence also Algiers) is an Arabic television channel based in Qatar. ...


A videotape of Hallums was released by insurgents on January 25, 2005. It is unclear when the tape was made. Hallums had a long beard, and was seated with a gun pointed at his head. "I have been arrested by a resistance group in Iraq," Hallums said. "I am asking for help because my life is in danger, because it has been proved that I work for American forces." Bottom view of VHS videotape cassette with magnetic tape exposed Videotape is a means of recording television pictures and accompanying sound onto magnetic tape as opposed to movie film. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hallums didn't appeal to American President Bush but did to Libyan president Moammar Qaddafi to help earn his release. Qaddafi later called for Hallum's release. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qaddafi 1 (Arabic: معمر القذافي Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhāfī) (born 1942), leader of Libya since 1970 and a controversial Arab statesman. ...


Roberto Tarongoy was freed on June 23, 2005. Tarongoy said that he thought Hallums was still alive, and said the kidnappers demanded $20 million dollars. [2] June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Liberation

Hallums was freed on September 7, 2005, along with an Iraqi captive, when American troops raided a farmhouse 15 miles south of Baghdad. The location was apparently given by an Iraqi detainee. When coalition troops arrived, the kidnappers had fled. September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Altogether, Roy Hallums had been captive ten months and seven days. He said that he had been bound and gagged for much of the time, but doctors described him as being in "good health." After his release, he called his daughter and identified himself by saying "This is Dad."


The freed hostage also delivered this statement: "I want to thank all of those who were involved in my rescue -- to those who continuously tracked my captors and location, and to those who physically brought me freedom today. To all of you, I will be forever grateful."


External links

  • Roy's Home Page
  • US hostage pleads for life in tape
  • Roy Hallums is freed

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Roy Hallums - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (516 words)
Roy Hallums (born June 23, 1948) is an American contractor who was kidnapped in Iraq in November 2004.
A videotape of Hallums was released by insurgents on January 25, 2005.
Hallums was freed on September 7, 2005, along with an Iraqi captive, when American troops raided a farmhouse 15 miles south of Baghdad.
The Dread Pundit Bluto: Remember Roy Hallums (246 words)
Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report has an update on the plight of American Roy Hallums, who was kidnapped on November 1st, 2004.
The Jawa Report was the first publication to identify Roy Hallums as the hostage.
Roy's daughter, Carrie Hallums Cooper, and his ex-wife, Susan Hallums, have been leading the charge to keep Roy's plight in the media.
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