WHAT WAR BRINGS: kidnappings
This is a brief overview of who does the kidnapping, who is a victim of kidnapping, and what might be motivating this criminal activity in
....... The Iraqi capital is plagued by daily kidnappings and in a similar case last month men in camouflage uniforms abducted dozens of staff and visitors from the higher education ministry.
The claim is made that it was easy to buy these uniforms, but I think it was also true that there were Iraqi police and Iraqi army actually doing some of these kidnappings. And it is not just in
Six or seven men wearing military-style uniforms approached businessman Mohammed Easa and then pistol-whipped him. They dragged the money trader - who was by then barely conscious - into their vehicle and sped off. "When I woke up, I was tied up, and blindfolded," says Mr Easa, recalling his ordeal seven months ago. "They beat me and I thought any second I might die."
Mr Easa's kidnap is not an isolated incident - on average a businessman is kidnapped at least once a week in
In the stories below, there are allegations of foreign criminal collusion in the kidnappings. There are also allegations of Afghan government involvement, as in
She was kidnapped in the fall of 2004 and was shot dead in less than a month. This is one of the few cases where the kidnapper was arrested and tried in
Their mother, Nahida Jabbar, was kidnapped along with her sister a year and half ago during sectarian violence in
The operation has been carried out in light of intelligence tips, the source noted, adding that the kidnaper was a serviceman working in
Khidir was just 6 years old when he was savagely ripped away from his family, kidnapped by al Qaeda operatives in
This child was rescued about six months ago, according to the CNN report. He was kidnapped because his father is a police officer in
He pointed to two compounds of neighbors where pre-teen children had been abducted by police to be used for the local practice of "bachabazi," or sex with pre-pubescent boys.
"If the boys were out in the fields, the police would come and rape them," he said. "You can go to any police base and you will see these boys. They hold them until they are finished with them and then let the child go."
And who are the kidnappers? Well, they could be almost anyone, even the police. The majority are, undoubtedly, Iraqis and Afghan people. Over the last six years in
The photo caption for the above photo reads: An Iraqi woman holds a sign reading, "We demand Maliki's government to work hard in order to release our kidnapped children" during a protests in December 2006. Dozens of
A just-amended lawsuit alleges six additional instances of unprovoked attacks on Iraqi civilians by Blackwater contractors.
Three people, including a 9-year-old boy, are said to have died.
Also added to the suit is a racketeering count accusing Blackwater founder Erik Prince of running an ongoing criminal enterprise involved in, among other things, kidnapping and child prostitution.
...... The companies are accused of carrying out three or more kidnappings using three airplanes, identified in the suit by their tail numbers. Susan Burke, the plaintiffs' lawyer, said Wednesday that the kidnappings appear to have been so-called "extraordinary renditions" in which suspects are taken to other countries for interrogation.
After 7 ½ long years, this man was released without charges or apologies. He was working for the Red Crescent at the time of his arrest. There was no evidence to hold him in the first place. And while
The system has become more organized in recent months, but prisoners are still "lost," says one Iraqi official.
A committee was formed on Tuesday in Ninewa under the governor’s second deputy to check for missing people in the province who went missing during the deteriorated security conditions in the past years, a media source said.
At least someone is making an effort.
And there is at least one group working to help the victims of kidnappings who have survived. Direct Aid
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