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Iraqi Insurgents Threaten to Burn Hostages

Insurgents threatened in a video released Thursday to burn three Japanese hostages alive if Tokyo does not withdraw from the U.S.-led coalition within three days, the first such ultimatum involving foreign civilians in Iraq. Armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, the kidnappers shouted “Allahu akbar” — God is great — in the video and held knives to the throats of the Japanese, who screamed and whimpered in terror. Japan’s government said it has no plans to pull troops out of Iraq in response to the threat, which came amid a series of other kidnappings targeting civilians. Full Story

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