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Italy negotiating swap for hostages in Iraq: hostage relative

Italy could exchange Islamic extremists held prisoner within the country for its three nationals who were kidnapped in Iraq, a relative of one of the hostages told Ansa Italian news agency. “They assured me they were alive. This exchange is being negotiated”, Angelo Stefio, the father of 34-year-old Salvatore Stefio, said. Salvatore Stefio is among three Italian security guards being held in Iraq by a previously unknown group calling themselves the “Green Brigade”. A fourth Italian, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was executed on Wednesday by the abductors, who have demanded the withdrawal of Italy’s troops from Iraq and threatened to kill the other three men. Officials in Rome denied the report that any negotiation was taking place with the insurgents. Full Story

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