U.S. attack credited for Iraq hostages’ release

Two former Lebanese hostages returned home from Iraq on Thursday, and their employer credited a U.S. bombing that wounded both men and killed their Iraqi driver and the kidnappers for letting them escape. Charbel Karam Haj and Aram Nalbandian, who work for a travel agency, were kidnapped Sept. 18 along with their driver, Ahmed Mirza, as they drove on a highway between Baghdad and Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgency 40 miles to the west. The kidnappers and Mirza were killed Wednesday when U.S. forces bombed the building in Fallujah where the three were being held, Fadi Yassin, the travel agency’s owner, said at Beirut’s airport after flying back from Baghdad with Haj and Nalbandian. Full Story

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