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Wave of Kidnappings in Iraq Continues

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen kidnapped the head of an Iraqi government-owned construction company in Baghdad on Saturday, a brazen daylight attack in a new wave of hostage-taking across the country.

The kidnapping occurred a day after a senior Egyptian diplomat was snatched as he came out of a mosque, and suggested insurgents were growing bolder, particularly since kidnappers scored a stunning victory by forcing the Philippines to withdraw troops to save the life of a Filipino truck driver.

In other violence, a U.S. Marine died early Saturday of wounds sustained Friday during clashes in the Al-Anbar province, a volatile area that stretches west from Baghdad to the Syrian border, the military said. The military did not release the identity of the Marine, the 903rd U.S. military fatality in Iraq since the war began according to an Associated Press count.

Gunmen in three cars attacked a convoy carrying the chief of police for west Baghdad on Saturday as he passed near the town of Mahmoudiya south of Baghdad. Two bodyguards were killed, but Brig. Sabah Fahad escaped unharmed, said Mahmoudiya hospital director, Dr. Dawoud al-Taie.

A rocket exploded in the downtown Jubairya district in the northern city of Samarra, killing one man and injuring three other civilians early Saturday, police Maj. Sadoun al-Dulaimi said. It was unclear who fired the rocket.

Saboteurs also set off two explosions on an oil pipeline 12 miles south of Samarra late Friday, police Capt. Khaled Abdul-Amir said. The 125-mile pipeline stretches from al-Doura oil refinery in Baghdad to Beiji, north of Samarra. The extent of the damage was unclear.

Associated Press Television News footage showed bright orange flames and a thick black plume of smoke billowing from the ruptured pipeline.

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Thank you, Philippines. rolleyes.gif

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Thank you, Philippines.

Dude they withdrew to save the life of one of their people, and for what all the two dozen or so troops they have in the country?

The US and UK have abviously a lot invested in this having started it and so have to stay despite our own people dying. But the just because thats what we think does not mean that Philippines should abid by the same rules and risk ignore the suffering of their own people.

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The kidnapping occurred a day after a senior Egyptian diplomat was snatched as he came out of a mosque, and suggested insurgents were growing bolder, particularly since kidnappers scored a stunning victory by forcing the Philippines to withdraw troops to save the life of a Filipino truck driver.

Damn, if even the AP is noticing it...

*sigh*

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Damn, if even the AP is noticing it... 

AP? blink.gif

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oh Associated Press n/m

... actually I still don't get it blink.gif What about the AP? blink.gif

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Its just like reuters talon same type of thing.

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Its just like reuters talon same type of thing.

Thats not actually what I was asking about, but it doesn't matter.

Thanks all the same grin2.gif

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Thats not actually what I was asking about, but it doesn't matter.

Thanks all the same 

LOL oh well. I was a bit surprised that you didnt know but anyway.

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