Iraqi, US forces launch hostage rescue operation

MADAEN, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. and Iraqi troops raided a town on Saturday to rescue 150 Shi’ite hostages whom Sunni rebels have threatened to kill in a standoff that raised fears sectarian violence in Iraq could spiral out of control.

Interim National Security Minister of State Kassim Daoud said Madaen, near Baghdad and in an area dubbed the “Triangle of Death” because of the frequency of guerrilla attacks, was now under the control of Iraqi and U.S.-led multinational forces.

“They are raiding areas where it is suspected that hostages may be,” he told Dubai-based al Arabiya television. Full Story

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