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Abductions in Iraq a big business

When a disciplined group of uniformed men kidnapped two Italian aid workers and their two Iraqi assistants from their Baghdad office earlier this month – only to have an Islamic group claim the kidnapping hours later – it confirmed what Iraqi officials say they have suspected for months. Kidnapping in Iraq has become not only a political tool but big business, with crime gangs often made up of elements from the former intelligence service and military believed to be selling their victims to extremist groups more interested in making an ideological point.Full Story

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