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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:55 PM
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Italy negotiating swap for hostages in Iraq: hostage relative
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2004...

ROME (AFP) - Italy could exchange Islamic extremists held prisoner within the country for its three nationals who were kidnapped in Iraq (news - web sites), a relative of one of the hostages told Ansa Italian news agency.


"They assured me they (the hostages) were alive. This exchange is being negotiated", Angelo Stefio, the father of 34-year-old Salvatore Stefio, said.


Salvatore Stefio is among three Italian security guards being held in Iraq by a previously unknown group calling themselves the "Green Brigade".


A fourth Italian, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was executed on Wednesday by the abductors, who have demanded the withdrawal of Italy's troops from Iraq and threatened to kill the other three men.

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sspiderjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:04 PM
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1. Good. Pray they'll negotiate a prisoner exchange and save lives.
nt
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:11 PM
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2. While they are negotiating,...they will be accused by extremists,...
,...as being "appeasers".

What makes me crazy,...about this whole whirlwind,...is that, all those who attempted to protect any and all Jewish people during Hitler's reign,...were called "appeasers".

Really weird and frightening times.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:16 PM
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3. That hostage relative should have kept their lips buttoned
If a hostage swap was truely in the works, publicity will surely kill that option.
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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:33 PM
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4. Italy negotiating hostage swap
Rome - Italy could exchange Islamic extremists held prisoner within the country for its three nationals who were kidnapped in Iraq, a relative of one of the hostages told Ansa Italian news agency on Sunday.

"They assured me they (the hostages) were alive. This exchange is being negotiated," Angelo Stefio, the father of 34-year-old Salvatore Stefio, said.

Salvatore Stefio is among three Italian security guards being held in Iraq by a previously unknown group calling themselves the "Green Brigade".

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_15...
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buldra Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-04 02:45 AM
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5. here in italy
...i don't think berlusconi and his foreign minister have the chops to do that job, they're just unable to fit their institutional role.
Ihpe for the hosteges....
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