Swedish Hostage in Iraq Released, Ransom Paid

More background on Minas al-Yusifi can be found in my earlier posts here and here. Al-Yousifi is the leader of a Kurdish Christian political party, recently returned to Iraq after exile in Sweden since the 1084.

Can a day go by without some European country paying ransom so that terrorists in Iraq can buy more weapons to kill Americans? His captors had said he would be beheaded unless a $4 million dollar ransom was paid. How many IEDs do you think they can make with $4 million?AP:

An Iraqi-born Swede kidnapped in Iraq was released Friday after more than a month in captivity, Swedish and Iraqi officials said.

Minas Ibrahim al-Yousifi, reportedly the leader of the Christian Democratic Party in Iraq, called his children after his release, Swedish lawmaker Cecilia Wikstroem said after speaking by telephone to his family.

“He was very relieved but worn out,” she said. “He’s tired, of course, and needs to rest.”

Yonadam Kanna, a Christian Democratic politician in Iraq, said the hostage was released after the mediation of a Shiite cleric. He did not elaborate....

Wikstroem said the family did not say whether a ransom had been paid, but she added: “I think that’s the case. But I don’t have it confirmed.”

Posted by: Rusty at 02:08 PM

Comments

1 I'm glad about the first half of your headline but saddened by the second part.

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I raised a similar question a few weeks ago but was told I need to go to war before I could question someone asking that money be paid to save his life--money that will most certainly be used to kill Iraqi citizens or U.S. troops.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 18, 2005 03:45 PM

2 This just gets better and better. Keep these assholes out of there or we will take a lot more hits before this is over. Message to Iraqis' ,waving sings is all good and stuff ,we could use a little info. on these clowns doing this.

Posted by: xtremewing at March 18, 2005 11:17 PM

3 No ransom was paid for al-Yusifi. Check your source material better next time you feel the urge to write an article based on a rumour.

Posted by: a Swede at April 28, 2005 12:52 PM

4 No ransom was paid for al-Yusifi. Check your source material better next time you get the urge to write an article based on a rumour.

Posted by: a Swede at April 28, 2005 12:53 PM






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