Two Italian Women Taken Hostage In Iraq


Their names are Simona Pari and Simona Torretta (the latter pictured right). They were in Baghdad working for a humanitarian organization. The question of the day: will the Arab world rise up and demand their safe release? Reuters:

Gunmen have abducted two Italian aid workers and two Iraqis in central Baghdad in a brazen attack that will alarm foreigners who are already on edge from widespread kidnappings.

Witnesses told Reuters about 20 men with AK-47 assault rifles and pistols with silencers stopped their vehicles in a busy commercial area of Baghdad and raided a building housing humanitarian organisation Bridge to Baghdad.

They left with Italian staffers Simona Pari and Simona Torretta and two Iraqis, a women who worked for another Italian organisation Intersos and a male engineer who worked for Bridge to Baghdad.

The abductions raised the stakes in kidnappings that have gripped Iraq for months, with more than 100 foreigners and Iraqis seized since April mostly outside of the capital.

The latest abductions are likely to fuel uncertainty over the fate of two French journalists whose kidnappings have triggered intense diplomatic efforts to free them.

Insurgents kidnapped and killed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni last month as he travelled to the southern city of Najaf. In April, kidnappers killed Italian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi.

In the Bullpen notes that "A Bridge to Baghdad is an organization attempting to end sanctions to Iraq and provide more international support for the nation." Nice. Next thing you know they will be grabbing Mother Theresa's corpse and threatening to behead it.

Others: The Command Post, Jeff Quinton, In the Bullpen, James Joyner

Posted by: Rusty at 12:38 PM

Comments

1 well you know these terrorist...uh...i mean freedom fighting militants...uh... insurgents are only attacking people that are in Iraq trying to make a profit of the war. Oh wait...

no they are killing people that are trying to make the lives of everyone better!!!! Man, boy was i wrong, in my defence if you listen to the broadcast news....

Posted by: Monkey at September 08, 2004 06:59 PM

2 Do we need more evidence that Bush is escalating a war on terror? It's a good time to step back and ask ourselves whether attacking a country that didn't have an Islamic extremist problem and turning it into a breeding and training grounds for Islamic extremists, while angering the rest of the Arab world, alienating our own allies, and moving our focus away from the guys who attacked us on 9/11 (anyone remember bin Laden? -- three years is too long!) is really the best approach. This war is costing us an awful lot of money (not to mention lives, God bless them).

The point isn't really whether the terrorists are justified in what they're going. The point is whether WE are going about this in the best possible way.

Posted by: kwer5 at September 14, 2004 10:39 PM

3 kwer5...You said "the point is not really whether the terrorists are justified or not in what they're doing", THAT's THE WHOLE POINT ! Not how you detour, derail the issue of the enemy's monstruosities which is a key to understand their nature, the nature of Islamic Fascism. In fact you make a non-issue of these executions, you make an issue of Bush. Bush is to blame.Hurrah Micheal Moore, you are not alone in your lunacy! Oh,,,,and save your patronizing laments for the lives lost...you disgrace them using them as mere argumentative tools to soften your pro fascist inclinations...shove your false compassion.

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