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Hostage-taking tests allies

A growing spate of hostage-taking in Iraq marks what may be the most direct effort yet by terrorists and insurgents to gain bargaining power and sway global public opinion on the war. A rash of death threats against captive foreign civilians is intended to undercut support abroad for the US-led military occupation while exposing a weakness in coalition security.The US military has few good options for countering the hostage-taking spree – the latest frustrating new guerrilla tactic testing US forces along with suicide bombings, hit-and-run roadside ambushes, and urban warfare. Full Story

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