Update - Baghdad Stock Exchange
Looks like the Sheik found Doug.
Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali;
"While everyone I meet is being very careful with me, I have been assured that Mr Wood is safe and well and that the deadline [for Australia to pull out its troops] has now been extended indefinitely.
"While I am told the conditions for his release are likely to be strict, I am led to believe they will arrive in one or two days."
Ever the mindful vendor, the Shura Council of the Mujahideen of Iraq have been checking fine-print and reviewing Sheik Alhilali's trading history;
"They have now had time to access some of his speeches and work. They know everything there is to know about him.
"But reading between the lines, they are also very aware he will be debriefed at the end of his mission, if he likes it or not.
"As a result of this, information from the kidnappers is now reaching him, but at the same time, everyone is remaining two steps back." more
Summary; It's probably advisable anyone trading on the Baghdad Stock Exchange invest prudently - it's a cut-throat high risk market out there, loaded with volatile commodities.
I'd say the Shura Council of the Mujahideen have bargain power so long as their commodities are fresh, the Mufti has researched his options but understands he could lose consumer confidence by being over speculative, and Downer - well telling Downer to button it was priceless.
Further Update; as usual, nobody knows what to believe anymore.
Further further update; Canberra Times (paper edition) issues further statement. Mufti;
"I ask god that Alexander Downer and his office make no statements".
Unclear if new prayer or Canberra Times repeat of Paul McGeough Sydney Morning Herald updates last week. Am not religious but, extra prayer wouldn't go astray. Paul McG is getting fustrated. Everyone else getting bored. When will war end. Sorry to not be tactful this update.