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#1    <bleeding_heart>

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 01:30 PM

The Arabic television station al-Jazeera has shown footage of three Japanese civilians it said were taken hostage by an Iraqi group.

The group, calling itself the Mujahideen Brigades, said it would kill the hostages unless Tokyo withdrew its troops from the country.

The TV said the hostages include a journalist and an aid worker.

Eight South Korean church ministers are also reported to have been detained by an unnamed Iraqi group.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said one had since been released.

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 04:48 PM

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 09:48 PM

Heard a report on the radio that the Japanese PM said they will not withdraw or falter from their mission in Iraq... thumbsup.gif I commend the japanese for their strength and resolve....thanks for the help Japan!   thumbsup.gif  

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 09:52 PM

whilst ive disagreed with you on nearly everything you say kellalor an fearfulone i have to agree that in this the worst thing you can do is give in.

Though my reasons are probably different than yours.

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 10:57 PM

three more japanese inocents killed by a bad decision of their goverment.. sad.gif  

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 12:21 AM

Mekorig...i'd be interested to read, your profile says youre from argentina, what does a country who is relatively away from this all, think of the whole situation?  Maybe argentina is not away from it all as i think?   huh.gif  

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 11:17 AM

Tokyo stands firm on Iraq commitment despite kidnappers' threats, pleading families

SINGAPORE : Japan is determined not to pull out its troops out from Iraq, despite pleas from relatives of the three Japanese nationals kidnapped in the country.

The abducters have threatened to burn alive their hostages if Japan does not withdraw its troops by Sunday.

Meanwhile at the Japanese forces camping ground in Samawah, more shell bombs have reportedly exploded.

On Friday, protests were staged and tears were shed over the possible execution of three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq.

But even in the face of such mounting pressure to withdraw the 550 Japanese troops from the war-torn country, the government is standing firm in its decision to stay put.

"Are you saying we should give in to them at the first threat they present to us? That's playing into the hands of the terrorists. That is what the terrorists are waiting for us to do," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has vowed that the safe return of the 3 hostages will be his top priority. "We will make maximum efforts to rescue them immediately."

Japan has despatched its senior vice foreign minister and an anti-terrorism team of police officers to Jordan.

From there, they will be acting on the crisis; gathering information on the abductors claiming to be from a group called Saraya al-Mujahideen, and where the hostages may be held.

Families of the hostages flew to Tokyo after harrowing footage of the captivity was broadcast on al-Jazeera TV.

Some 600 protesters also continued to demand that the forces leave Iraq.

"Would the government make such a decision if their son had been taken hostage and was the one kidnapped?" exclaimed protester Rie Kanashiro.

Naoko Imai, mother of hostage Noriaki, said: "I urge the whole nation to help rescue my son and the other hostages. I need their help."

But others say Mr Koizumi has no choice but to take a hardline approach.

"We paid a lot of money to get there. If we leave now, people will wonder what Japan went there to do in the first place," said Katsuo Saito.

Japan's decision to keep the troops in Iraq was hailed by Washington.

And the US has vowed to help the Koizumi government handle the situation, ahead of US Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Japan.

But the clock is ticking on a deadline reportedly set by the kidnappers; that the troops withdraw by Sunday or they will burn the three hostages alive. - CNA

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 12:46 PM

the Japanese have gone soft since ww2


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Posted 09 April 2004 - 12:50 PM

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the Japanese have gone soft since ww2


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But even in the face of such mounting pressure to withdraw the 550 Japanese troops from the war-torn country, the government is standing firm in its decision to stay put.

"Are you saying we should give in to them at the first threat they present to us? That's playing into the hands of the terrorists. That is what the terrorists are waiting for us to do," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda.


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Posted 09 April 2004 - 12:54 PM

it was a non-serious comment in regards to the crying protestors


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Posted 09 April 2004 - 12:56 PM

Oh ok. wink2.gif  

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 08:44 PM

Obviously some new tactics of the Terrorist groups.
If they are going to hold people hostage, actually hold people who are of important status.   rolleyes.gif

However, I hope these hostages are freed or escape to safety.   ph34r.gif
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Posted 09 April 2004 - 10:56 PM

QUOTE (Blue-Scorpion @ Apr 9 2004, 09:44 PM)
If they are going to hold people hostage, actually hold people who are of important status.   rolleyes.gif

Blue, ***rini shakes her head**
All people are special! 2 of them are aid workers handing out food and medication and the other one is a freelance journalist.  
I know  to us they don't have names, but they have families, who are at home, worried sick about them. And maybe you dont have any family or friends in Iraq, but some of us do.  



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Posted 09 April 2004 - 11:34 PM

QUOTE (shirini @ Apr 9 2004, 05:56 PM)
QUOTE (Blue-Scorpion @ Apr 9 2004, 09:44 PM)
If they are going to hold people hostage, actually hold people who are of important status.   rolleyes.gif

Blue, ***rini shakes her head**
All people are special! 2 of them are aid workers handing out food and medication and the other one is a freelance journalist.

Oh I understand that Shirini.  They deserve to live.

I merely said that on a more tactical perspective.

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Posted 10 April 2004 - 12:23 AM

QUOTE (fearfulone @ Apr 9 2004, 01:21 AM)
Mekorig...i'd be interested to read, your profile says youre from argentina, what does a country who is relatively away from this all, think of the whole situation?  Maybe argentina is not away from it all as i think?   huh.gif

Well, here in Argentina have two major islamic attacks (agains an israeli enbassy and a jew mutual). A lot of argentines die and we precede to chacht the terrorist. But Irak is diferent. The war was based on a lie, and Bush destroy one of the things that prevented the islamic terrorist in Irak...yes, Saddam. Meybe he use the islamic retoryc, but he and Osama were enemies and both wish each other dead. Now Japan, being the lamb they were, send troops to irak, and his citicenzs pay for their gov mistakes.

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