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TV: Iraqis Show Italian Hostages, Want Italy Out

Al Jazeera Arab television aired a tape Tuesday of four men described as Italians being held by a hitherto unheard of Iraqi Islamist group which demanded that Italy withdraw its forces from Iraq. The four men in civilian clothes were shown seated on a floor and holding up their passports, surrounded by gunmen whose faces were covered by traditional Arab headscarves. The name on one passport could be seen as Fabrizio Quattrocchi. “The Italian government…should vow and give guarantees to withdraw its forces from Iraq and give a time schedule and to free Muslim clerics in Iraq,” a voice on the film said, adding the men were captured in the Sunni Muslim town of Falluja. Full Story

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