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I would like to thank whoever offered some prays, efforts, knowledge, to make them [all four of them] free.Especially my toughts go to the people, the common people, who in the last weeks showed their will by making a quiet rally in Baghdad.And now that we live a moment of joy, in Italy, my thought goes to all the Iraqi people: may the peace gain strength in the next future, against all, against any evidence, maybe, and may Iraq says "Tomorrow", with hope and confidence.Soon.
As an italian i want to thank every people from Iraq and neighbour states who helped to free the two Simonas and theyr two colleagues Mahnaz and Ra’ad. I hope this is the first step for Iraq to become free and peacefull.Barba - http://meetingpoint.splinder.com
finally some good news... :)Alhamdulilah....can't wait to see all other hostages freed...It seems there is a change in (strategy?) as the egyptian and Iraqi telecommunication workers also have been released and so was the iranian dimplomat...or is it just that those gangsters got paid?????
Oh.....yes and those two Iraqis as well but they are not important....they are Iraqis ..
the 4 are free, iraqi and italians as well, you know!and we know.^^v^^
Ladybird,It's better to live anonymously than die publicly.PS: I can't access your blog today.
Mister Ghost you will find me herehttp://www.roadstoiraq.com/Believe me anonymously or publicly are the same you will be forgoten.recommended (The prince......Machiavelli)
Small children kidnapped and relesead in Baghdad US forces at 6:30am Sunday morning carried out five waves of raids and searches storming houses in various places of the al-Karakh district of Baghdad. The aim of these raids was the arrest of 15 children, the oldest of whom was 10 and the youngest 6 – a student in the first year of elementary school. Faruq, Bikr, Ahmad, Muhammad, Salman, Haytham, Husayn – all of the al-Mushahadah, al-Jabbur, and al-‘Ani families were treated like criminals, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Their hands were tied behind their backs, their heads thrust into plastic bags, despite their cries and protests. An officer of the new Iraqi puppet army run and recruited by the Americans struck one of the children on his face, then violently threw him to the ground. The children were taken to the US prison at the al-Muthanna airstrip base in Baghdad. One of the questions thrown at them by their interrogators was, “do you know anyone who belongs to the Resistance?” The boy answered in the negative, and the interrogator spit in his face then pushed him violently to the floor, though the child was crying piteously. His head was then put again in a bag and his hands again bound. The al-Karakh correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the boys were expected to be used as bargaining chips for their fathers, in the hopes that that the latter would turn themselves in to the occupation authorities or testify against the Resistance in al-Karakh – an area only 2,800 meters from the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace grounds, dubbed the “green zone” by the Americans. The parents of the captive children have lodged an appeal via Mafkarat al-Islam website to international humanitarian organizations to take the matter of their children under consideration and to pressure the US authorities to secure their release. Child prisoners released by Americans report beatings, abuse, humiliation. At Monday 1:00pm local time 15 Iraqi children were released from the American prison in the al-Muthanna airbase in Baghdad where they had been confined since their arrests on Sunday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fifteen had been beaten about their delicate bodies, and they had been burned with cigarettes on their small hands. Eight-year old ‘AbdAllah’s nose was broken when one of his interrogators hit him in the face. The boy had spit at the Lebanese interpreter when the latter luridly asked him if his “mother was pretty?”, and the interrogator replied by striking the child in the face. The stories related by the boys indicated that the interrogators wanted to know about the Resistance and their relationship with it. The children related that their captors threatened to slit their throats if they didn’t talk. The final questions directed to each of the children were “how old is your mother?, How many sisters do you have? Is your mother pretty? Are your sisters cute? The 15 children, all between six and ten years old, were arrested Sunday afternoon in a new example of American brutality.
YEAAA 13, there were 2 Iraqis TOO!!! Because of your major foul-up your first job is to list all the Iraqis that have been kidnapped in Baghdad this past month. It's called electronic hazing. hooptee hooo...no, but serious ya hAhlla beek , welcome to blog count !It would be advantageous and good to somehow account for the Iraqis being kidnapped. Let's think about this one.MaaahSalaaaaaaaam,lim
The source is Islammemo, they are not trusted web site ex-bathis converted to Islam after the fall of Saddam. I leave it to the Arabic readers to check this is the linkhttp://www.islammemo.cc/
those kidnapped have been "freed". They are home, in the case of the Iraqi's...or, as in the Italians on the way home. God bless them all, Alla be praised.Do you have some evidence of this child napping by American and Iraqi forces? Other than your words in this blog, I have seen nothing independent of what you report. Give more evidence if you have it, please.
Thank god all these hostages are released. But bear in mind, that every single day, there are Iraqis being taken from their homes and kidnapped. I so far know of 3 people that my family knows in Iraq. These criminals have no political agenda, they just want money to finance their crimes against the innocent people.I hope that soon, the government will take serious actions to stop them, infact, they should round up all those criminals, display them in the square and let all the people take their wrath on them....Grrrrrrr
List ALL the iraqis kidnapped this month?You NUTS? I'll die of old age before i finish this month..ALSO, I KNEW there were iraqis with them, however, Kidnappers have a tendancy to slit INFIDEL throats more than native throats, cuz nobody gives two s**ts about iraqi people getting killed, we've been getting killed since FOREVER.. I had some cousins of my mother die some time ago in an explosion in mosul, a friend was shot and killed for his '90 Oldsmobile, Some guys i knew got shot for working as translators, I'm used to us getting killed everyday. Our neighbor's son was kidnapped LAST WEEK cuz his father is a doctor, however, such crimes are not made public cuz they don't involve the kidnapping party screaming ISLAM all over the place, they were just PETTY THEIVES.. the kid was returned safe and sound after his family paid the agreed-upon sum.I am in a CONSTANT state of SHOCK, I am numb 24/7 and cannot feel anything towards my iraqi brethren. Cold i know but thats me.thanx for welcoming me and i hope i can keep up.13out.
that INFIDEL remark was a joke, in case some of you decided to ride my back again...PS: I'm always pissed-off at something, I am never satisfied and never content with the situation, some day i will die of hypertension.Salam again.13
According to Debka:Italian lawmaker Gustavo Selva confirmed $1m ransom paid for girls raising criticism that payment will encourage more abductions.Of course you don't want to see the Italian women killed, but this is insane! All it does is insure more kidnappings and more deaths of innocent people.The French hostages are in the final stages of being released, so you wonder what bribes the French have handed over to the terrorists?
Zombie from LGF thinks the kidnapping was staged.I don't know, but an interesting read:Concerning the release of the two Italian hostages in Iraq today:There is now some evidence that their entire "kidnapping" was a staged event. First and primary piece of evidence: THIS PHOTO of Nahoko Takato hugging the mother of one of the released hostages. Who is Nahoko Takato and why is this remarkable? Nahoko Takato is one of the Japanese so-called hostages who apparently staged a similar kidnapping in Iraq last April. It's pretty well accepted on Japanese blogs and chat boards that the Japanese kidnap situation was a set-up from the get-go. (It may have degenerated into an actual hostage situation when the Iraqi thugs hired to be the kidnappers decided to stop pretending and demand real ransom.) In most of Japan, Nahoko Takato and her fellow former "hostages" have lost all credibility -- except among the extreme left, where they're treated like heroes.So, can anyone tell me why Nahoko Takato was inside the apartment of Annamaria Torretta, the mother of released hostage Simona Torretta -- before the announcement of their release was even made? Why was Nahoko Takato there? And how did she know of the release ahead of time? This is extremely suspicious. Especially considering that both Italian Simonas were the same kind of leftist activists that the Japanese hostages were. I smell something fishy.Second: it's highly unusual for ANY non-Muslim captives to be set free in Iraq. Aside from the Japanese incident, I can't really think of any. All the rest have been killed, except perhaps for a very lucky few. The only instances where non-Muslims are freed are times when there is suspicion of collaboration on the part of the "victims." Third is this photograph of the two women taken moments after their release, having just flipped up the Islamic veils they were wearing. Now you tell me: is that the expression of two people who have just escaped a week in a life-or-death hostage situation? Or two people with smug grins at their moment of propagandistic triumph?Most of the news reports this hour say that the Italian government paid $1 million to the kidnappers in ransom money. Could this whole event have been a scam to force the Italian government to pay money to the jihadis?
TWO Italian aid workers released from captivity in Iraq have described their abductors as religious men who treated them with respect, asked for forgiveness and gave them a farewell present."We hope that this liberation can represent a symbol of peace," she said"They taught us and wanted to teach us about the principles of Islam," Ms Torretta said. "They never touched us. They treated us with great dignity."Ms Torretta was clutching a box when she was released, and ANSA quoted her as saying it contained 10 volumes of English translations and explanations about the Koran that the kidnappers had given them."Let's remember Iraq, which is always in my heart," Ms Pari said. She urged people to try to change the ugly reality there.When a reporter shouted if that meant pulling out troops, she replied: "Yes, also withdrawing troops."What the ***k! I was actually worried about them. Maybe after they return to Iraq and it happens again, we'll need to be concerned about them...!!!
Freed Italians Eye Return to Iraq They Love At least 10 hostages in Iraq freed in 24 hours
Mister GhostYou quote "It's pretty well accepted on Japanese blogs and chat boards that the Japanese kidnap situation was a set-up from the get-go."I reply ~ anyone who relies on weblogs and chatboards to back up arguments needs to begin supplementing their news intake with more dietary fibre. Blogs and chatboards are the online equivalent of talkback radio, crawling with partisan commenters, hype, speculation and oft repeated misinformation. Trickle down effect i suppose, by the time it's trickled down to forum level the water is muddier then an unfiltered bilge outlet.
Have to agree with that, blogs and msg boards are notorious for conspiracy theorists. It's quite obvious that the former hostages were suffering from Stockholm syndrome, if in three months they are running around ranting about how fab their hostage takers were then you might want to adopt that position but for the moment i suggest you take it as a sign of trauma, not on face value. plus has anyone else noticed that it's only torretta wandering around condemning the invasion, Pari's kept a much lower profile since her release. As for what was the Japanese hostage doing with Ana maria torretta - it's quite common for former hostages to visit the families of people still being held eg Terry Waite spent a lot of time with Ken Bigley's family
PS lots of foreigners have been released..Paul Taggert (US)The three Italian security guards (one was killed the other three released) The Canadian woman Filipino driver Angelo dela Cruz that's just off the top of my head. What was wierd about Torretta and Pari's kidnapping was that, according to witnesses, it wasn't carried out by a few hooded men with kalashnikovs but by about 20, largely clean shaven men, some wearing suits - some wearing national guard uniforms who apparently said they were working for Alawi, carrying rather sophisticated weaponry
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