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3 Members Of Iraqi PM Allawis Family Kidnapped - Update

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posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 02:48 AM
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Breaking news:
3 members of Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawis family were kidnapped yesterday from their home in Baghdad after a short gun battle. No demands have yet been made from the kidnappers.



From: NEWS.com.au: Iraqi PM's cousins kidnapped

THREE members of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's family have been kidnapped by gunmen, a spokesman for the Iraqi interim government said today.

A first cousin of the Prime Minister, the cousin's wife and another family member were seized from their home in Baghdad yesterday morning, spokesman Georges Sada said.

He gave no further details on the circumstances of their abduction, but a police source said there had been a short gun battle at the home in a south-western district of the capital before the people were seized

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi (picture)

Now what will Allawi do? More than 35 foreign hostages have been killed, several by beheading. The kidnappings may be revenge for Allawi's support of the attack on Falluja.


Related news sources:
Reuters: Members of Iraqi PM's family kidnapped
CNN: Iraqi PM's relatives 'kidnapped'
ABC News Online: Islamists threaten to kill Allawi's relatives
Guardian: Allawi relatives kidnapped
BBC: Relatives of Iraqi PM kidnapped

ATSNN: WAR: Allawi Family Members Kidnapped, Beheadings Threatened

UPDATE:

From: ABC News Online: Islamists threaten to kill Allawi's relatives

An hitherto unknown Islamist group said it abducted three relatives of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and would kill them in 48 hours if his interim Government did not halt a US-led assault on Fallujah and free prisoners.

"If the agent government does not meet our demands within 48 hours we will behead them," the group calling itself Ansar al-Jihad [Holy War Followers] said in a statement dated Wednesday and posted on a website used by Islamists.

Its authenticity could not be immediately verified.



From: Guardian: Allawi relatives kidnapped

"This is yet another criminal act by terrorists and will not thwart the determination of the government to combat terrorism," the government said in a brief statement.
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In its statement, Ansar al-Jihad demanded the release of all Iraqi prisoners, a demand similar to those made by other militant groups.

Referring to the holy month of Ramadan, it said: "With the help of God in this holy month, a unit of Ansar al-Jihad kidnapped three relatives of head of the Iraqi agents, Allawi. May God burn him and slaughter him."


Latest Update:
Reports that the two women is released, Ghazi Allawi still a hostage. See last post with link to Scotsman News article.

[edit on 2004/11/14 by Hellmutt]




posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:08 AM
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Going after family members is unwise.

Presumably, everyone involved in this kidnapping has family as well. At least, they do for now.

Once you open up the door on family members, everyone suffers.

Some folks seem to need to relearn that now and then. Too bad for them.



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:38 AM
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LOL @ Majic

So what do you think is going to happen?



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:42 AM
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If they harm his cousins, he will harm their families.Tit for tat, sadly.



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:46 AM
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Originally posted by LazerLordz
If they harm his cousins, he will harm their families.Tit for tat, sadly.


And then he will claim to still be a democratic, and unoppressive leader?

Oh no, if he wants to be the symbol of new freedom, then attacking innocent family members of the "bad guys" is wrong, right?

But since the "terrorists" do it, he should do it, too?

Doesn't that make him a "terrorist?"

Or is it ok for your "team" to commit acts of terrorism, but not ok for "them?"

[edit on 10-11-2004 by cstyle226]



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:49 AM
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If Alawi back off I'm going to be pissed considering noone would back off to save the Americans,Brits,Korean, etc prisoners headed. It would be wrong for him to be able to barter for his family , when noone else was allowed to,



posted on Nov, 14 2004 @ 06:48 PM
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From: Scotsman: Allawi's Relatives Freed by Kidnappers

Kidnappers have released two women relatives of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, two pan-Arab satellite channels broadcast today.

But the Iraqi government said it had no knowledge of the release.

Al-Jazeera TV, which is based in Qatar, quoted unidentified sources as saying the two women were freed in Baqouba, central Iraq.

Al-Arabiya, which is based in Dubai, reported that unidentified government officials had confirmed the womens release.

Both channels said Ghazi Allawi was still a hostage.



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