Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Terrorists accidentally kidnap friendlies, allow them safe return

Kidnapped 4 months ago because they looked American, 2 French journalists were released after terrorists took a strangely long time figuring out what the rest of the world has known for decades - the French pose no threat:
PARIS (Reuters) - Two French journalists freed after a 4-month hostage ordeal in Iraq home to a heroes' welcome on Wednesday as a relieved government basked in national joy at their release.

"We played the 'French journalists' card," said Malbrunot. They stressed to their captors that they were not Americans and France had not supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq. They were close to bombings by U.S. forces on two occasions, he added.

"We were not badly treated," said Chesnot, 37, a Radio France Internationale correspondent. He said neither had been beaten or forced to endure mock executions. Both looked healthy but thinner than before.
Friends in low places.

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