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Hostage makes video appeal for release of female prisoners in Iraq

[JURIST] Margaret Hassan, the British-born director of CARE's Iraq operations who was taken hostage last week, was shown on Al-Jazeera television Wednesday pleading for the release of all female prisoners in the country and the withdrawal of all British troops from Iraq. Hassan has been shown in a handful of videos since being seized by unknown captors. CARE has called for her release. In September, as reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the group Abu Musab al-Zarqawi threatened to kill two kidnapped Americans and one Briton unless the US and UK released all Muslim women prisoners in their custody. No prisoners were released and all three hostages were later executed. Reuters has more.

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