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Two of Allawi's Kidnapped Relatives Freed

Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s office confirmed Monday that two of his female relatives who were kidnapped last week have been released.Allawi’s cousin, Ghazi Allawi, 75, his cousin’s wife and his cousin’s pregnant daughter-in-law were abducted at gunpoint last Tuesday in western Baghdad’s Yarmouk neighborhood. “Yes, yes, the two women were released yesterday,” said an Allawi spokesman who declined to be named. There was no word on Ghazi Allawi or any other details. A militant group, Ansar al-Jihad, had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and threatened to behead Allawi’s relatives in 48 hours unless female and male detainees in Iraq were released, and the siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah halted. Full Story

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