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WAR: CARE Hostage Faces Transfer to Al-Zarqawi

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posted on Nov, 2 2004 @ 03:51 PM
Abducted CARE worker Margaret Hassan faces a new threat. The group holding her has threatened to turn her over to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi insurgent group in Iraq, unless the British government meets their demands to withdraw its troops.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The kidnappers of aid worker Margaret Hassan threatened to turn her over to al-Qaida-linked militants notorious for beheading hostages unless Britain agreed within 48 hours to pull its troops from Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.

Al-Jazeera broadcast a video of a hooded gunman but did not air the sound. Instead, the newscaster said the kidnappers gave Britain 48 hours to meet their demands, "primarily the withdrawal" of British troops.

Otherwise, the 59-year-old Hassan will be handed over to al-Qaida in Iraq, a group headed by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. His followers have beheaded at least six hostages: three Americans, a Briton, a Japanese and a South Korean. The United States has offered a $25 million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture or killing — the same amount as for Osama bin Laden.

In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair's office and the British Foreign Office both declined to comment on the reported demand. Britain has 8,500 troops in Iraq, the second-largest contingent after the United States.

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The British have 48 hours to comply with the demands. Both Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office and the British Foreign Office declined to comment. Family members of Hassan released this statement to the captors "Margaret has no political associations. She represents nobody but the vulnerable and the poor, Your quarrel is not with Margaret. Nor is it with the Irish people, who have been a firm friend of the Arab nations."

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posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 11:38 AM
I just saw an announcement on TV that Margaret Hassan has been found dead. Video shows Hassan death

[edit on 2004/11/16 by Hellmutt]

posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 11:52 AM
At some point, the apologists for these murderers are going to have to admit that maybe, just maybe capturing and killing hostages is evil.

Either that, or face the fact that they are themselves evil.

posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 12:02 PM
I was just going to report this as i saw it on ITV teletext and thought someone might have more information on this.

I think Ogrish will have the video very soon as they have her name with video next to it in their title bar, which usually means they will post it up soon.

And the husband of Hassan believes its her along with other news sources.

posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 12:18 PM
This on Fox News

Fox News
LONDON — The family of Margaret Hassan (search), the 59-year-old aid worker kidnapped in Iraq last month, said Tuesday they believed she was dead.

A statement from Hassan's four brothers and sisters was released by Britain's Foreign Office.

"Our hearts are broken," it said. "We have kept hoping for as long as we could, but we now have to accept that Margaret has probably gone and at last her suffering has ended."

The family did not indicate why they now believed Hassan was dead, but said: "Those who are guilty of this atrocious act, and those who support them, have no excuses."

The family believes that it is her they have found, and most likely on the tape Al Jazeera has.

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