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Iraq Kidnappings Continue; 12 Released

Two U.S. troops and seven contractors were confirmed missing Monday following an attack on a convoy west of Baghdad, a U.S. commander said, amid a wave of abductions of foreigners in Iraq. More than 40 foreigners from at least 12 countries — including a Mississippi man whose fate also was unclear — have reportedly been kidnapped in recent days by insurgents. Seven Chinese men abducted by gunmen in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, were freed late Monday after a day in captivity, the Chinese government said. A brief Foreign Ministry statement from Beijing said the men were released to an Iraqi religious group who passed them on to diplomats. “Their health and spirits are good,” the statement said. Many of the reports of kidnappings have been surrounded by confusion and have not been officially confirmed. Full Story

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