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Old 03-10-07, 07:40 PM
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Kidnapping in Iraq aimed at Germans in Afghanistan

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<B>Video shows woman pleading for Germany to secure their release
Militants demand Germany withdraw troops from Afghanistan
3,000 German troops part of NATO force in Afghanistan</B>


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- <B>Iraqi militants holding a German woman and her son hostage demanded Saturday that Germany withdraw its troops from Afghanistan to ensure their safety.</B>

The little-known Arrows of Righteousness group posted video on the Internet on Saturday threatening to kill the two in 10 days if Berlin won't comply.

CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of the video. In it, a woman identified as Hannelore Marianne Krause urges German Chancellor Angela Merkel to heed the demands.

A passport with that name is shown in the video. German officials did not confirm the kidnap victims' names or say why they were in Iraq.

"Crisis management officials are working on the case of the hostages" and are in contact with the appropriate government officials and with family members, according to the German Foreign Ministry.

While sitting next to her son, Krause tells Merkel, "<B>These people want to kill my son in front of my eyes, and then they'll kill me</B>, if the German troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan." <B>She and her adult son clutch each other and cry as they speak while three militants, two armed with large assault rifles, stand behind them.</B>

"They are not joking, and they'll kill us," Krause says. "I am very tired. Please help me. Make a decision or we will be killed."

<B>As part of NATO's Afghanistan force, Germany has about 3,000 troops in the relatively peaceful northern part of the country. </B>On Friday, Germany decided to send additional reconnaissance jets and personnel to the area.

<B>German troops also help train Iraqi soldiers and police, but not in Iraq.</B>

Krause also called on German citizens and government and nongovernmental organizations to help.

The three masked men who are shown standing behind the two Germans are in civilian clothes, not the usual uniform worn by militants in Internet videos.

Reading a prepared statement, one of the militants says: "We have warned you. Otherwise, you will not see their bodies."

"<B>Muslims are all one nation, and have one religion. It is not acceptable that Germany leads the coalition troops in Afghanistan, and attacks the secured villages and claim it is not fighting in Iraq.</B>"
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/...ans/index.html

This is significant for a number of reasons. I'm sure people will spin this in all sorts of directions, but the bottom line is that the situation is Iraq is clearly not confined to those borders. The instability is being capitalized upon for all sorts of reasons, but the objective is not merely to get the US out of Iraq. They want the West out of the Middle East.

I wonder, if the US was to withdraw from Iraq this year... would things like this continue within Iraq? Would it continue to be the stage of these brutal killings, treats and abductions? Where does it end?

It seems like a long time since the rampant beheadings etc that we experienced for a while, or perhaps the media has been handling those threats differently. Once again we see how savage some can be. This one certainly stands out and I'm still trying to get my head about the ramifications of this ordeal. What a truly awful experience for these two, and what a sticky situation for Germany to be placed in.

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Old 03-10-07, 08:38 PM
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Why doesn't the "West" completely get out and leave them to their own demise, so we can find out if this will be the case.

It ends when we give up on the Middle East and concentrate on our own modern civility. I can think of a few million poor souls who don't have healthcare in the US our "war money" can benefit.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Why doesn't the "West" completely get out and leave them to their own demise
Because you are not the president of the West.
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Then let's vote for me in 2012.
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Old 03-11-07, 05:39 PM
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It ends when we give up on the Middle East and concentrate on our own modern civility.
Don't you mean "give up on middle east oil"? As long as the ME has oil, we will always be there.
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