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Retired US Army Colonel and intelligence contractor, Pat Lang, says it leaves the Australian Government in an invidious position.
"It leaves it in a position of having to decide if it feels more strongly about the policy of keeping Australian forces in Iraq, or the policy of getting this guy out of captivity," he said.
"And this is an internal Australian matter."
Contrary to the official line from the Bush administration, Mr Lang says the security situation in Iraq is getting worse, and warns people against going to the country.