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February 08, 2005

America to the rescue, again

From Reuters:

U.S. forces in Iraq stormed a house in Baghdad on Monday and freed Egyptian telecommunications engineers kidnapped since Sunday, the head of their Egyptian parent company said.

Naguib Sawiris, chairman of Egypt's Orascom Telecom, said U.S. forces raided a villa, possibly in the mainly Sunni al-Aadhamiya district, and freed two of the four Egyptians. The other two managed to escape on their own from a car they had been locked in, he added.

"All four are free," Sawiris told Reuters by telephone from Algeria.

"Two were released when U.S. forces barged into where they were being held in Baghdad and the other two escaped on their own ... The Americans caught one of the kidnappers," he said.

Sawiris said two of the men were now in Orascom's Baghdad office while the other two were in the heavily fortified and U.S.-controlled Green Zone.

Oh, and uh BTW Egypt -- You're welcome.

Hat tip: James Joyner, Outside the Beltway

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 8, 2005 08:08 AM

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