Skip to comments.Coalition Forces Rescue Italian, Polish Hostages
Posted on 06/08/2004 4:28:43 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2004 -- Coalition forces rescued four civilian hostages today south of Baghdad, military officials reported.
Three Italians and one Pole were rescued, Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, Multinational Force Iraq commander, said during a Baghdad news briefing.
They were Salvatore Stefio, Umberto Cupertino and Maurizio Agliana of Italy, and Jerzy Kos of Poland.
The kidnappers executed another Italian hostage, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, soon after the April 12 kidnapping. His execution was videotaped and played back on Arab television.
The general said the hostages were in coalition forces control and are in good health. All the hostages were rescued at the same location, and some individuals were detained at the site, the general said, though he did not provide an exact number or the nationalities of those captured.
Citing security considerations, Sanchez did not give details of the operation or confirm who carried out the kidnapping. But he did say there was "no reported exchange of gunfire" and that the rescue was not the result of any negotiations.
"This is a great day for the released hostages, for the families, for Italy, for all of us," said Italian Ambassador Gianludovico de Martino.
"The operation that led to the release of the hostages is the result of strong cooperation that has been established since the beginning between the Italian authorities, the (Coalition Provisional Authority) and the coalition forces. On behalf of the Italian government, I would like to thank the coalition forces and the CPA for their cooperation and their effort."
Well, they were 'Freed' by coalition forces, so it's accurate, but I see your point.
Now... let's see how big a deal the New York Times makes of this. Any bets?
This sounds at least similar to the recent action involving Scots and ragheads; they sliced and diced the vermin with bayonets, and there were no reported "negotiations", either.
I can dream, can't I.
Does anybody remember the American soldier that was also taken hostage? Any word on him? He was shown alive with those thugs standing behind him stating his name etc. He was 20 years old, has a wife and a baby. He was in the same convoy as the contractor that later escaped. I just don't remember his name.
WOW! MSNBC said this afternoon that the hostages had been "released"! Wouldn't want to give the United States armed forces any credit now would they?
His name is Matthew Maupin. I believe he is from Iowa. I am really starting to worry about what has become of him since it has been almost a month since that video came out.
Thanks for his name! He is not mentioned anymore whatsoever.............
No problem. I have not heard his name mentioned in the news anymore either and that is what concerns me. I think our media and certain members of our senate have their values totally screwed up when they are obsessing over pictures of Iraqi's with panties on their heads when we have a brave young man being held. I would like to remind them that if it were not for young men like Matthew Maupin they would not be able to lead the lives that the lead. They need to get with the program.