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Hostage Is Free; 9 G.I.'s Killed in Iraq Attacks

An American contractor taken hostage by militants last month escaped from his captors on Sunday and ran into the arms of a group of passing American troops, on a day when nine other American soldiers died in violence across central and northern Iraq. In Washington, the chief American military commander appeared to back away Sunday from the Iraqi general recently selected to lead the security force in the battle-torn city of Falluja, after questions were raised about the general’s past association with one of Saddam Hussein’s most fearsome military units. The contractor, Thomas Hamill, a 43-year-old fuel-truck driver whose abduction on April 9 was filmed by an Australian television crew and broadcast around the world, bolted Sunday morning from the house where he was being held when he apparently heard a group of American soldiers approaching.Full Story

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