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Originally posted by deeprivergal
A video broadcast is reporting that journalist Enzo Baldoni has been kidnapped. Baldoni has been missing since last week. The Islamic Army in Iraq, which is what the group is calling themselves, has not threatened the journalist, but it stating that they cannot guarantee his safety.
BAGHDAD, Iraq Aug. 24, 2004 — Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who has been missing in Iraq since last week, has been kidnapped by militants, according to a video broadcast Tuesday on the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera television station.
The militant group, calling itself "The Islamic Army in Iraq," did not threaten Baldoni explicitly, but said in a statement it could not guarantee his safety unless Italy announces within the next 48 hours that it will withdraw its 3,000 troops from Iraq, the newsreader said.
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The group is giving Italy 48 hours to pull its some 3,000 troops from Iraq. According to the translation of the video, the man claims to be Baldoni, who is 56 years old. The video also has the man hold up his passport and other identification to prove he is Baldoni.
Baldoni is a freelance journalist who has been missing since Friday. It was believed that he was in the holy city of Najaf. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being criticized for his involvment with the war in Iraq, the militants.
[edit on 24-8-2004 by deeprivergal]
[edit on 8-24-2004 by Valhall]
BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Militants in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Friday released a British journalist they kidnapped and threatened to kill, after aides to militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demanded he be freed.