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Turkish Company Will Accede to Demands of Iraqi Kidnappers

The employer of 10 Turkish workers kidnapped simultaneously in Iraq last week made an emotional plea for their release on Tuesday, promising to freeze operations in Iraq to save their lives and denying that his company had any American partners. The employer, Ali Haydar Veziroglu, who is chairman of Vinsan construction company, issued a statement in the form of a letter to all Iraqis and particularly to Muslim clerics and tribal leaders, assuring them of Turkey’s good will. A group calling itself the Salafist Brigades of Abu Baqr al-Siddiq, which was previously unknown, has threatened to kill the 10 employees if Vinsan did not stop working in Iraq. The hostages, most of whom are said to be truck drivers, were shown in a video broadcast on Al Jazeera television. Full Story

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