posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 12:37 PM
Militants have reportedly kidnapped Iraqi Defense Minister, Hazem Shaalan's brother in law, demanding the end of all military actions in Najaf. The
group, identifying themselves as The Divine Wrath Brigades released a video of Maj. Gen. Salah Hassan Lami.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Militants said Wednesday they had kidnapped the brother-in-law of Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan and demanded he end all
military operations in the holy city of Najaf, according to a video, Al-Jazeera television reported. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
There was also reports of another person in the video but it is unclear as to whether he is related to the defense minister or his brother in law.
The group is also requesting that Sheik Ali Smeisim, a top aide to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr be released.
[edit on 25-8-2004 by deeprivergal]
[edit on 8-26-2004 by Valhall]