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NEWS: Micah Garen and Translator Released

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posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 06:20 PM
Micah Garen and his translator have been released since their kidnapping on August 13. Garen spoke to news sources confirming his release. He thanked al-Sadr's representatives who worked to secure his release.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. journalist Micah Garen, who was kidnapped in Iraq more than a week ago, was released Sunday in the southern city of Nasiriyah. Garen spoke to Al-Jazeera television, confirming his release.

Garen was interviewed by telephone by the station moments after an aide to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said the American had been released. Garen thanked al-Sadr's representatives in Nasiriyah and everyone else who worked to secure his release.

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After the release of a video of Micah Garen, where he tells that he is safe and being treated well, militants agreed to set free Garen and his translator on Saturday after evening prayers. Today, Sunday, Garen was set free after being taken hostage on August 13th.

Garen was on a story reporting the looting of archaological sites in Iraq, he was kidnapped while walking with his translator Amir Doushi in Nasiriyah. Garen was threatened to be executed if the United States didn't pull their troops out of the holy city of Najaf. Al Sadr asked Garen's captors to release him and his translator and they complied with those wishes. They released Garen unharmed.

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[edit on 22-8-2004 by deeprivergal]

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