Kidnappings in Iraq

Kidnappings in Iraq

Scots subjected to mock executions before being killed

Scottish security guard Jason Creswell - who was shot dead in Iraq after being held hostage for a year - suffered mock executions during his ordeal, an inquest has heard.

Hostage's wife appeals to kidnappers

THE wife of a Scottish hostage still missing in Iraq has pleaded with his kidnappers to allow him to return home.

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Families' hopes after eight Iraqis held over military police deaths

THE families of six military policemen murdered by an Iraqi mob have welcomed the news that eight suspects have been arrested. The Army Red Caps were killed in 2003 when an estimated 400 Iraqis descended on a police station in Majar al-Kabir.

'I thought I was dead' – Iraq hostage tells of mock execution

FREED hostage Peter Moore has described being beaten, shackled and subjected to mock executions during his captivity in Iraq.

Release raises hope for Scots hostage

IRAQI officials have released a Shiite militant leader, raising hopes that Scot Alan McMenemy the last of five British hostages captured in Baghdad more than two years ago, will be returned alive.

Hostage 'home in days' – but UK officials expect a body

THE body of a Scottish security guard taken hostage in Iraq is expected to be returned home "within days", the Iraqi government said yesterday.

Freed hostage makes low-key return

FREED hostage Peter Moore was back home with his family yesterday beginning his return to normal life.

British hostage Peter Moore 'heading home' after Iraq kidnap

FREED British hostage Peter Moore was on his way home today following his kidnap ordeal in Iraq, according to reports.

Freed hostage prepares for return to UK

PREPARATIONS were today under way for the return to the UK of former hostage Peter Moore after his release yesterday from two and a half years of captivity in Iraq.

Hopes rise for Scottish hostage in Iraq

THE wife of a Scot kidnapped in Iraq spoke last night of her hope that he was alive, after the release of fellow hostage Peter Moore.

Joy for one family mirrored by anguish for another

THE chances of Scot Alan McMenemy returning home to his loved ones are slim – with the Foreign Office warning his family earlier this year that it does not believe he is still alive.

Relatives of kidnapped men in Iraq renew appeal

THE relatives of two men taken hostage in Iraq made renewed appeals last night for their release.

PM vows justice for Iraq hostage families

A BODY handed to the British authorities in Iraq is that of Alec MacLachlan, Gordon Brown confirmed last night.

Fears grow for Scots hostage after body is passed to embassy in Iraqi

THE body of a man believed to be a Briton taken hostage two years ago has been passed to authorities in Iraq, it was announced last night.

Too perfect Iraq kidnap of Britons 'was to hide corruption'

IRAQI government officials may have colluded in the kidnapping of five Britons, including two Scots, two years ago in an attempt to prevent high-level corruption being exposed, it was reported yesterday.

Hopes rise for safety of last Iraq hostage

DESPERATE efforts are under way to try to secure the release of the remaining British hostage in Iraq, after families were told the devastating news that two more of the five kidnap victims are believed to be dead.

Many countries prepared to pay to secure releases

WHILE the British government has remained steadfast in its refusal to meet the ransom demands of kidnappers, other western countries have chosen to pay to secure the release of their citizens.

Hostage's father appeals for proof he's still alive

THE father of a Scottish security guard being held hostage in Iraq has appealed for his son's captors to prove he is still alive.

Mother's plea over Iraq hostages

THE mother of one of three Britons held hostage in Iraq for more than two years has claimed that the government's "low-key approach" has turned them into "forgotten men".

We didn't even negotiate with right people on Iraq hostages – minister

THE Foreign Office has insisted it is working "intensively" to secure the release of three British hostages in Iraq after a former minister suggested the government may have wasted valuable time negotiating with the wrong people.

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