Thursday, April 20, 2006

20,000 Iraqi kidnap victoms?

Wow. This come to me via ThinkProgress: Nearly 20,000 people kidnapped in Iraq in 2006

The 19,548 people kidnapped includes 4,959 women and 2,350 children, according to the report prepared by a group of 125 non-governmental organisations and made public in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.

The high-profile seizure of foreigners in Iraq has numbered only a few hundred since the practice began two years ago and is usually aimed at scoring propaganda points against the US-led occupation.
The article is pretty vague about the sources and the people behind the survey, but the thrust of the report is unquestioned. Iraq is being torn to pieces. As Juan Cole says in response to this article, "That would make kidnapping one of Iraq's major industries."

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