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Aust hostage 'moved to safer location' (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 29 2005 @ 03:36 AM
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Aides to the Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj El-Din Al Hilaly say that an Australian hostage in Iraq has been moved away from the fighting. Sheikh Taj El-Din Al Hilaly hasnt ruled a return to Baghdad.
 



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New assurances have been provided that Douglas Wood, the 63-year-old Australian being held hostage in Iraq, is safe and well.

Aides say the Sydney-based Muslim cleric seeking his release, Sheikh Taj El-Din Al Hilaly, has been told that Mr Wood has been moved to a safer location away from fighting.

He also says he has been told he should return to Baghdad to secure Mr Wood's release.

Keysar Trad, from the Lebanese Muslim Association, says the Sheikh will not return to Baghdad until he has evidence that Mr Wood is safe


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Given that no evidence exists to prove that Mr Wood is dead or alive we can only speculate about his fate. However given recent trends one can only conclude that Mr Woods is most likely dead.
The Australian government did the right thing by refusing to give in to the in insurgents demands in this case the needs of the whole outway the needs of the few. I feel sorry for Mr woods family it must be emotional torture not knowing the fate of a loved one.


However some questions arise.
If Mr woods is dead why havnt the insurgents released a video proclaiming his execution ?

Why would the insurgents negotiate with a Australian cleric ?

If the insurgents return Mr Woods alive which seems unlikely what affect will it have on the insurgency and peoples attitude towards the insurgents ?




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posted on May, 29 2005 @ 05:00 AM
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I hope Mr. Wood come back safe and sound. There have been a few interviews in the australian media that might be of some help to answering your questions.

However some questions arise.
If Mr woods is dead why havnt the insurgents released a video proclaiming his execution ?

I have no idea why they wouldn't give evidence of his excecution. We can only speculate a few reasons. He may still be alive, or they may be prolonging it for some unknown reason. If he isn't alive it would be odd.


Why would the insurgents negotiate with a Australian cleric ?

Based on the information ive gathered from rereading the transcripts of thoses in contact with him he seemed to have only personally been in contact with the insurgents once. And who knows whether or not if it was actually the persons responsible for Mr. Woods capture. Ill just post some of the interview:

GEORGE NEGUS: Majida why do you think the Sheikh has got this far? Why do you think we are at a point now where he and yourselves, having spoken to his people, are confident that Douglas Wood would be released given the Prime Minister's cautious optimism?

MAJIDA ABBOUD-SAAB: I think Sheikh Hilaly has been holding talks with tribal leaders, with the peak Sunni Muslim organisation in Iraq. He's also heard from the peak Shi'ite Muslim organisation in Iraq. All of them condemn the kidnapping of Douglas Wood and they all called upon his release and the Sheikh Hilaly was able to speak to the captors via the media, through, indirectly through people he's spoken with in Iraq, whether he knew that they had contact with the kidnappers or not.

GEORGE NEGUS: According to your story he's actually spoken to somebody who he believes was a representative of the captors or one of the captors themselves.

MAJIDA ABBOUD-SAAB: The anonymous caller said that he was speaking to the Sheikh on behalf of the captors. Now he may have been the captor. He said the message was short and clear, that is they have no objection to the release of Douglas Wood. However they don't want to release the two Iraqis and the Sheikh had an objection to the release of Douglas Wood without the two Iraqi. He said that they really - they must release the three captors.

Source: news.sbs.com.au...
Archives - May 18, 2005
Majida Abboud-Saab and Keysar Trad Interview

If the insurgents return Mr Woods alive which seems unlikely what affect will it have on the insurgency and peoples attitude towards the insurgents ?

Not too sure what effect it would have on the insurgency itself. As far as people (australians) it wouldn't be the first time an australian was captured and released. Maybe because of the lack of widespread publicity, it didn't seem to really change the attitude towards the insurgency.

Author and Dateline journalist John Martinkus was kidnapped in Baghdad on Saturday afternoon. He spent a terrifying 20 hours being interrogated by his captors before being released. Martinkus came back to Australia last night and I spoke with him a short time ago about his ordeal.

Source: news.sbs.com.au...
Archives - October 20, 2004
Interview with Dateline reporter John Martinkus

Hopefully this information is of some help. That being said, it is a real shame that no real infomation or facts have come about to determine how Woods is. I just hope for the best.



 
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