Canadian, British Aid Workers Freed in Iraq

The remaining hostages held with the murdered Tom Fox have been rescued in a daring commando operation.

Three Christian peace activists kidnapped last year in Iraq were freed Thursday in an early morning military operation, the British Embassy in Iraq announced. The announcement came two weeks after their colleague and fellow hostage, Tom Fox of Virginia, was shot to death and left on a Baghdad street. The three men rescued Thursday — two Canadians and a Briton — were freed in a planned rescue operation by multi-national forces, a British Embassy spokesman said.

The spokesman said there were no immediate indications that any of the hostages had been injured during their liberation. All underwent a medical check-up afterwards “only as a precaution,” he said.

The three men — Norman Kember, 74, of London; and James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, both of Canada — were kidnapped along with Fox on Nov. 26. They were members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams, a group that is opposed to the war in Iraq and which has criticized the treatment of detainees in U.S. and Iraqi jails.

Great news, indeed.

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Comments

  1. “…and which has criticized the treatment of detainees in U.S. and Iraqi jails.”

    I hope they were treated better than the U.S. treats its prisoners.

  2. LJD says:

    Actually, moron, the U.S. HOSTAGE among them was killed.

    The announcement came two weeks after their colleague and fellow hostage, Tom Fox of Virginia, was shot to death and left on a Baghdad street.

    If we had not rescued them, they likely would have had their heads sawn off on Al Jazeera. Wake the hell up.

    What kind of SOB compares prisoners, or ‘detainees’ with hostages anyway?

    The Canadians and Brits are indeed fortunate to have the U.S. as an ally.

  3. dj elliott says:

    What I found interesting was the General’s refusal to go into greater detail about the op due to “Operational Security on an ONGOING Operation” and that this was a “kidnapping cell”. He also refused to discuss poss operations in connection with Jill Caroll AT THIS TIME.
    Communications is more than just text, which is why I watch the briefs on-line at the Pentagon Channel. That and most reports/reporters leave out military significant data…