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Monday, April 18, 2005

Iraq Kidnapping Story a Hoax

This is somethingI don't understand. What practical reason is there to trump up a kidnapping report? And what reaction did the Iraqi government expect if it reported 100 kidnappings? A good reaction? It just doesn't seem like the sensible thing to do to try and establish control.

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MADAIN, Iraq - Iraqi security forces, backed by U.S. military, swept into a town south of Baghdad at dawn Monday but found no hostages despite reports that Sunni militants had kidnapped as many as 100 Shiites there.
Residents and Sunni clerics said the reports had been grossly exaggerated by government officials bent on re-establishing control in the lawless region the U.S. military has called the "Triangle of Death" because it has become a stronghold of the Sunni insurgency.
Forces Find No Hostages in Iraqi Town

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