German Archaeologist Susanne Osthoff Taken Hostage in Iraq

Susanne_Osthoff_hostage_iraq_small.jpgThe Jawa Report has learned that the name of the German woman shown in a hostage video is Susanne Osthoff. Osthoff is an archaeologist working in Iraq and was abducted with her driver last Friday. Osthoff was presumably working on a dig at the ruins of Isin when she was abducted.

UPDATE: Chad at In the Bullpen e-mails me about a NY Times report that Osthoff had been targetted by Abu Musab al Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq over the summer. If she has been abducted by al Qaeda then her only hope lies in a quick rescue and your prayers.

After news of Ms. Osthoff's kidnapping became known here, a German newspaper, the Neue Osnabrücker Zeiting, reported that Ms. Osthoff had been targeted by extremist groups close to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi during the summer, when she was living in Mosul in northern Iraq. At the time, the newspaper said, Ms. Osthoff was escorted by American soldiers to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. Since then, Ms. Osthoff has been negotiating both with the German Embassy in Baghdad and the local Kurdish-dominated government in the northern town of Arbil to build a German cultural center there, the newspaper said.
Osthoff was active in documenting archealogical sites looted in Iraq after the U.S. led invasion and was widely quoted in the media at the time.

More information about Susan Osthoff below and in the Susan Osthoff archives.

In a 2003 NY Times piece Osthoff says:

"In two weeks, they have ruined all the work that was done over 15 years," said Susanne Osthoff, an archaeologist who worked with a German team that excavated at Isin from the mid-1970's until 1989....

Ms. Osthoff, who returned to Iraq shortly before American forces overthrew the government of Mr. Hussein, was alerted by local villagers who were horrified by the destruction at Isin.

Protected by old friends, Ms. Osthoff waded into the mob of heavily-armed diggers four days ago and then escorted two journalists to the site again on Wednesday.

"They [the looters] are poor people, and they are desperate to make some money," she said today. "But they do not understand what they are doing."

According to ADNKI , Osthoff was abducted with her driver near Ninevah.

Further:

The kidnappers sent a video to the broadcaster's offices in Baghdad in which they showed the hostages and threatened to kill the woman if the German government does not suspend every form of cooperation with the Iraqi government.

The video shows a woman and a man blindfolded and on their knees. Nearby are three armed men with their faces covered. The woman has a chain around her neck, with her passport attached to it.

The German Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the archaeologist and her driver have been missing since Friday. "We are doing everything possible to guarantee the safety of the woman," a spokesman said. "We are in contact with all the offices of the government of Iraq to confirm what has happened."

So, archeology is considered "collaboration" by the salaafist jihadis these days?

Hat tip to Dread Pundit Bluto who has more.

Developing........

Posted by: Rusty at 09:51 AM

Comments

1 Michael Moore's "minutemen" strike again. He would be proud.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at November 29, 2005 10:10 AM

2 I suspect the real reason the Frauline was nabbed was because she was digging for idols. You know how strictly the jihadists interpret their quran! It is simply more convenient to apply some vague political rationale, i.e. kaffirs doing business with true believers, because that is the trend these days. I have no doubt the kaffir coffers will be opened by Germany and a handsome ransom paid for the comely frauline. she'll be back digging and grubbing with security guards on hand before you know it!

Posted by: goesh at November 29, 2005 10:15 AM

3 Look at that wanker in the photo with the rocket launcher...he obviously has little manhood to offer. What's he gonna do, blast their heads off at close range. These pricks really need sorting out.

Posted by: Jester at November 29, 2005 01:18 PM

4 She was abducted in 1900 B.C.?! Man. She's been held a long time.

Posted by: Hucbald at November 29, 2005 01:28 PM

5 greg,

lol! your "shocking and aweing" have been getting progressively less shocking and aweing. I'm not complaining though :-)

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at November 29, 2005 01:40 PM

6 I know it's not civil to mock the retarded, but in greg's case, I think we can all have a good laugh.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at November 29, 2005 01:59 PM

7 again, a destructive effect of the real Islam. A barbarian gang kidnapping people in the name of Islam? These people are evils.
Same to you Bush.

Posted by: Dan at November 29, 2005 02:55 PM

8 Hey, she has a daughter. What does the father say? Her daughter looks turk. Anyone know the ethnicity of her daughter?

Posted by: jamu at November 29, 2005 04:35 PM

9 I am really interested in why someone would be involved in an archeological dig in the middle of a war zone while the war is going on. Seems as if there should be some way to keep that from happening. Once the war is over, OK dig to your heart's content. While the war is going on then the diggers are just in the way. Guess they got in the way of the other side and got taken. Shame about that!! More of a shame that the US troops will probably have to go after them now as well as the others that have been taken.

Posted by: dick at November 29, 2005 06:36 PM

10 I wonder how many brave islamic pigs in takes to kidnap a woman scienist? Probably a lot.

Posted by: greyrooster at November 29, 2005 06:42 PM

11 According to the news this morning (I live in Berlin):
(a) She was married to a Jordanian.
(b) She has been in Irak since before the first Gulf War. I do not know if that is continuously, or on and off.
(c) She was a fluent speaker of Arabic.
(d) She was warned by the German embassy and US Forces that she was a target, as well as threatened by Al Quada.

It is evil that she was kidnapped. But, her decision to stay was stupid.

Posted by: dmpaulus at November 30, 2005 05:14 AM

12 Susanne Osthoff was a true hero who devoted her life to protecting Iraq's cultural heritage for future generations. As soon as the 2003 invasion ended, the vultures swept in from all over the world, bringing hired mercenaries to intimidate the locals and offering vast sums of money to anyone who would loot Iraq's monuments. Coalition Forces were unable and or unwilling to stop the looting, and have left it to the locals to try their best to save their country's history. Mostly this happens outside the view of international journalists because few journalists are willing to risk their lives travelling to the remote desert sites where the looting is happening. Susanne Osthoff died while working with Iraqis to try to fight off the thieves and to try to get financial and NGO help from Europe to protect their monuments, history and heritage. She was putting her own safety on the line by actually visiting the looted sites -- many of them in places Coalition soldiers are afraid to tread. She was not stupid by any means. She was a dedicated archeologist who looked mortal danger in the face and decided that she was willing to die in order to protect Iraq's history. She has said as much many times over the last few years, in the face of direct threats from the many powerful people who benefit from stealing Iraq's heritage and wanted to stop her from protecting it by any means possible. Osthoff deserves our respect, not our mockery. I pray for her safe return. The world needs more people like her. Iraq certainly needs more people like her. The people who kidnapped her are no friends to Iraq or to Islam. Wittingly or unwittingly, they are serving the interests of rich art dealers and collectors who have used the chaos in Occupied Iraq as cover for pulling off what looks likely to become the biggest archeological theft of the century.

Posted by: jmr at November 30, 2005 08:04 AM

13 Amen to that, Saddam Hussein had done lots of work trying to excavate and recreate Babylon (reportedly because he believed he was a reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar?) it is very important both the sites, and artifacts discovered in Iraq are protected from private collectors, and art thieves.

Posted by: dave at November 30, 2005 01:21 PM

14 Poor woman, hope she returns safely.

Posted by: jonny at December 01, 2005 12:07 AM

15 susanne osthoff?
FIRST I LIVE IN GERMANY.
i know she was warned from many persons to go to iraq.
i know she is only one but where are the people in this world
where will really help the iraq.
i see not much how susanne.

Posted by: winfried at December 02, 2005 01:09 PM

16 Damned idiots , I hate the americans for this war but I hate even more these cowards who take hostages and on top of that a GERMAN woman hostage who had nothing to even do with USA

Posted by: Mohammed at December 04, 2005 02:34 AM

17 I don't understand why people just don't listen? Everyone has been told to leave Iraq or to not travel there. People are just to damn hardheaded to listen! What are people thinking of while they live there or travel there? Oh, there is no chance they can catch me? Thats why people get into situations like this. Staying in Iraq or travel there is basic suicide! All I know is that if I was kidnapped at gun point, I sure as hell wouldn't go! I would rather put up a fight and make them shoot me! I would know where they would be taking me if I allowed them to kidnapp me at gunpoint. Straight to get my head cut off while I'm still alive! I rather have them shoot me because I put up a fight.

Posted by: yvonne at December 11, 2005 03:20 PM

18 We need to just leave and tell the people of Iraq, If you need us and want us to come back, call and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

Posted by: Pat at December 14, 2005 10:23 AM

19 The Germans let a Hamas Terrorist out in exchange for their fraulein. The man took part in a cold blooded killing of an American serviceman. The sentence: 19 years. Under German law the absolute minimum in his circumstances. The fraulein's freedom didn't cost a mark, not a pfennig. It cost Germany what little dignity and valor it had left.

Posted by: Chuck Yung at December 20, 2005 09:54 PM

20 Susanne is back. Hallelujah.
I know she will back in the iraq some people think
this is wrong. I don't think so.
Why this?
IS THIS WORLD A PRISON.
She will help the iraq and that the reason why.
winfried

Posted by: winfried at January 10, 2006 10:08 AM

21 replica handbags replica designer handbags designer replica handbags replica coach handbags wholesale replica handbags replica handbag replica louis vuitton handbags coach replica handbags replica chanel handbags
http://www.templebar.ie/discus/messages/6/Replica-handbags-598.html
replica handbags
replica designer handbags
designer replica handbags
replica coach handbags
wholesale replica handbags
replica handbag
replica louis vuitton handbags
coach replica handbags
replica chanel handbags

Posted by: replica handbags at April 11, 2007 02:19 PM

22 Replica watches, replica rolex watches, replica watch, replica rolex, rolex replica
http://dbrg.cs.mnsu.edu/CSRG/DataWarehousing/_reqdis/00000e8d.htm
replica watches
replica rolex watches
replica watch
replica rolex
rolex replica

Posted by: Replica watches at April 11, 2007 06:00 PM

23 MSN I NIIPET
MSN

Posted by: Bill at May 13, 2007 06:45 PM

24 free sex
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/]free sex[/url]

teen butt tgp
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/teen-butt-tgp.html]teen butt tgp[/url]
ass masterpiece
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/ass-masterpiece.html]ass masterpiece[/url]
free online dating service
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/free-online-dating-service.html]free online dating service[/url]
pornstar clip
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/pornstar-clip.html]pornstar clip[/url]
britney spears nude
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/britney-spears-nude.html]britney spears nude[/url]
big tit bra
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/big-tit-bra.html]big tit bra[/url]
tit movie
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/tit-movie.html]tit movie[/url]
cherokee d ass
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/cherokee-d-ass.html]cherokee d ass[/url]
wild girl pussy
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/wild-girl-pussy.html]wild girl pussy[/url]
naked earth
[url=http://freeadultfriend.info/naked-earth.html]naked earth[/url]

Posted by: FreeSexAdultPorn at June 03, 2007 09:16 PM

25 granny fucking
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/granny-fucking.html]granny fucking[/url]
wwe divas naked
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/wwe-divas-naked.html]wwe divas naked[/url]
blonde teen camgirl with amazing ass
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/blonde-teen-camgirl-with-amazing-ass.html]blonde teen camgirl with amazing ass[/url]
exploited black teen
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/exploited-black-teen.html]exploited black teen[/url]
jessica simpson nude
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/jessica-simpson-nude.html]jessica simpson nude[/url]
closeup pussy
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/closeup-pussy.html]closeup pussy[/url]
big tit tyslammers 5
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/big-tit-tyslammers-5.html]big tit tyslammers 5[/url]
pregnant porn
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/pregnant-porn.html]pregnant porn[/url]
ass
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/ass.html]ass[/url]
international dating
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/international-dating.html]international dating[/url]
uniform sex
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/uniform-sex.html]uniform sex[/url]
squirt anal adventure
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/squirt-anal-adventure.html]squirt anal adventure[/url]
old pussy hairy
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/old-pussy-hairy.html]old pussy hairy[/url]
hard fucking
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/hard-fucking.html]hard fucking[/url]
free hardcore
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/free-hardcore.html]free hardcore[/url]
round ass
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/round-ass.html]round ass[/url]
gay xxx
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/gay-xxx.html]gay xxx[/url]
throat fucking
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/throat-fucking.html]throat fucking[/url]
download porn movie
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/download-porn-movie.html]download porn movie[/url]
the simpson xxx
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/the-simpson-xxx.html]the simpson xxx[/url]
celebrity nude
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/celebrity-nude.html]celebrity nude[/url]
all asian dvd
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/all-asian-dvd.html]all asian dvd[/url]
tit fucking
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/tit-fucking.html]tit fucking[/url]
pornstar gauge
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/pornstar-gauge.html]pornstar gauge[/url]
moms fucking son
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/moms-fucking-son.html]moms fucking son[/url]
pussy pump
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/pussy-pump.html]pussy pump[/url]
vibrating anal toy
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/vibrating-anal-toy.html]vibrating anal toy[/url]
animal porn pic
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/animal-porn-pic.html]animal porn pic[/url]
ass lickers
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/ass-lickers.html]ass lickers[/url]
asian school girl
[url=http://adultfunmate.info/asian-school-girl.html]asian school girl[/url]

Posted by: freesex at June 07, 2007 10:30 PM

26 xxx porno
[url=http://mysexstream.info/xxx-porno.html]xxx porno[/url]
lesbian dating
[url=http://mysexstream.info/lesbian-dating.html]lesbian dating[/url]
sex image
[url=http://mysexstream.info/sex___.html]sex image[/url]
los angeles dating
[url=http://mysexstream.info/los-angeles-dating.html]los angeles dating[/url]
christian online dating
[url=http://mysexstream.info/christian-online-dating.html]christian online dating[/url]
hardcore fucking movie
[url=http://mysexstream.info/hardcore-fucking-movie.html]hardcore fucking movie[/url]
anal fissures
[url=http://mysexstream.info/anal-fissures.html]anal fissures[/url]
mature ass
[url=http://mysexstream.info/mature-ass.html]mature ass[/url]
nude mature woman
[url=http://mysexstream.info/nude-mature-woman.html]nude mature woman[/url]
bare naked lady
[url=http://mysexstream.info/bare-naked-lady.html]bare naked lady[/url]
hardcore 2bvideo
[url=http://mysexstream.info/hardcore-2bvideo.html]hardcore 2bvideo[/url]
dating gay hunk
[url=http://mysexstream.info/dating-gay-hunk.html]dating gay hunk[/url]
porn pussy
[url=http://mysexstream.info/porn-pussy.html]porn pussy[/url]
free pornstar mpeg
[url=http://mysexstream.info/free-pornstar-mpeg.html]free pornstar mpeg[/url]
dragonball z xxx
[url=http://mysexstream.info/dragonball-z-xxx.html]dragonball z xxx[/url]
nude black butt
[url=http://mysexstream.info/nude-black-butt.html]nude black butt[/url]
indian pornstar anjali kara having an outdoor expe
[url=http://mysexstream.info/indian-pornstar-anjali-kara-having-an-outdoor-expe.html]indian pornstar anjali kara having an outdoor expe[/url]
ass porn
[url=http://mysexstream.info/ass-porn.html]ass porn[/url]
gay hardcore
[url=http://mysexstream.info/gay-hardcore.html]gay hardcore[/url]
free mature porn
[url=http://mysexstream.info/free-mature-porn.html]free mature porn[/url]
adult xxx dvd
[url=http://mysexstream.info/adult-xxx-dvd.html]adult xxx dvd[/url]
sex cam
[url=http://mysexstream.info/sex-cam.html]sex cam[/url]
raining on the sky naked
[url=http://mysexstream.info/raining-on-the-sky-naked.html]raining on the sky naked[/url]
free sex story
[url=http://mysexstream.info/free-sex-story.html]free sex story[/url]
buffie the body naked
[url=http://mysexstream.info/buffie-the-body-naked.html]buffie the body naked[/url]
juicy pussy
[url=http://mysexstream.info/juicy-pussy.html]juicy pussy[/url]
pussy punishment
[url=http://mysexstream.info/pussy-punishment.html]pussy punishment[/url]
adult xxx movie
[url=http://mysexstream.info/adult-xxx-movie.html]adult xxx movie[/url]
animal dick in pussy
[url=http://mysexstream.info/animal-dick-in-pussy.html]animal dick in pussy[/url]
young nude girl
[url=http://mysexstream.info/young-nude-girl.html]young nude girl[/url]

Posted by: freesex at June 11, 2007 10:11 PM

27 small tit
asian chat
interracial dating
busty asian
jessica simpsons tit
xxx dildo
naked
free porn video
naked model
free nude teen
tit fucking
nude myspace layouts
hot lesbian porn
vibrating anal toy
beautiful teen girl fucking so hot
hollywood actteres sex
amateur teen
anna nicole smith nude
mature big tit
beautiful asian girl in homemade porno
kendra wilkinson naked
online sex
drunk girl fucking out of control
jenny mccarthy nude
joggs big tit movie
favourite pussy
pussy pic
uk dating
jenna jameson hardcore
porn clip
shemale sex
extreme anal
tit and ass
latin ass
free sex video
naked man
free anal sex movie
tiny pussy
xxx gratis
pornstar book
asian beaver
adult dating friend
free xxx password
lesbian porn movie
lesbian licking pussy
big tit on trampolines
xxx film hard
big tit sex
simpsons xxx
tit cum shot

Posted by: dating at June 14, 2007 10:21 PM

28 fm teen
sex tv
mature pussy
pokemon porn
free sex movie
gay anal sex
adult dating service online
free sex story
nude model
hard sex
telugu actress nude photo
anime porn
naked woman
blue teen
free lesbian porn
teen bikini
free amateur sex
nude man
bikini teen

gay teen
free sex story
lesbian porn
teen underwear
pregnant sex
free porn movie
lesbian sex
zoo sex
hardcore anal
nude celebrity
porn pic
bikini teen
dating web site
teen anal
teen job
squirting pussy
xxx dvd
hard sex
amature porn
naked teen

Posted by: dating at June 17, 2007 07:57 PM

29 amature porn
lesbian porn
horse fucking
amateur nude bbw
dating sims
porn pic
nude celeb
dating online
porn movie download
free porn vids
extreme anal sex
latina pussy
teen underwear
britney spears nude
asian girl
teen dating
xxx chat
xxl sex anal
teen job
dog fucking
naked teen
gay anal sex
hardcore porn
shaved pussy
dating internet service
dating woman
xxx mpeg
adult dating sex
adult dating site
public sex
pink pussy
kim possible porn
preteen nude
dating tip
breast sex
wet pussy
dating advice
anal dildo
nudist teen
black teen sex
asian porn
sex photo
zoo sex
dildo sex
big ass
asian sex
free anal sex
free xxx
anime porn

latin sex
arab sex
escort and fucking
sex for couple
cartoon sex
nude celeb
fucking
latina pussy
pre teen butt
paris hilton sex tape
asian hardcore
teen titans
mature pussy
anal fisting
porn star
nude little girl
sex photo
free amateur sex
paris hilton nude
anal toy
web cam sex
lindsay lohan naked
asian girl
xxl sex anal
free mature porn
horse fucking
free pussy
online dating service
shemale hardcore
nude man
extreme anal sex
free gay porn
older sex
teen model
nude model
asian teen
dog fucking
mr chews asian beaver
sex story
pregnant porn
sex slave
asian schoolgirl
adult sex movie
celebrity porn
hollywood actteres sex
nude beach
pamela anderson nude
teen chat room
asian sex
dating online

Posted by: singles at June 20, 2007 03:22 PM

30 mr chews asian beaver
asian dating
gay teen sex
mature dating
free online dating
teen job
naked lolita
dildo sex
naked girl
free sex story
sex personal
christina ricci nude
asian pussy
porn sex
dog fucking
nude beach
big ass
sex picture
wet pussy
porn dvd



Posted by: datingsingle at June 24, 2007 04:43 AM

31 nudist teen
free mature porn
teen job
shemale porn
naked woman
young black pussy
dating sims
pussy sex
teen girl
teen porn
xxx personal
disney porn
christian dating
porn dvd
naked teen
alternative dating
wet pussy
free naked pic
hard sex
wild sex

Posted by: datingsingle at June 26, 2007 05:43 AM

32 dog fucking
sex doll
nude teen
naked teen
video porn
inuyasha porn
hollywood actteres sex
pokemon porn
teen girl
teen blow job
mature porn
online sexy porn
latin sex
virgin sex
dating game
free online dating
asian pussy
girl girl naked
sex dating
nude celebrity

Posted by: datingsingle at June 29, 2007 03:46 AM






Processing 0.01, elapsed 0.0113 seconds.
15 queries taking 0.0066 seconds, 40 records returned.
Page size 33 kb.
Powered by Minx 0.7 alpha.