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Kidnappings Forecast to Rise in Iraq

With Jill Carroll’s release, four Western hostages have been freed in Iraq this month and one has been killed. What this means for the remaining foreign hostages in Iraq — who number more than 40, according to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad — is still not clear. Little is known about the shadowy kidnappers of the hostages who got away in March, and the circumstances of the releases were too different to draw conclusions, say terror experts. Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, was set free on a Baghdad street on Thursday after nearly three months in captivity. Three Christian peace activists — Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden and Briton Norman Kember — were rescued by U.S. and British troops who found them in a west Baghdad house on March 23. Full Story

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