March 30, 2005

American Kidnapped in Iraq (UPDATED)

Various news agencies are now reporting that a fourth hostage may have been abducted with the three Romanian journalists taken yesterday. The fourth hostage is reputed to be a naturalized American citizen, born in Iraq.

His name is Mohammed Monaf, reports the Romanian Realitatea TV station.

JPost relays the following information:

One of his business partners in Romania, Ommar Hayssam, told Realitatea TV that he received two calls from the kidnappers Tuesday morning.
"There was a voice speaking in Iraqi dialect ... he asked if I know Mohammed," he said. "They say to pay ... and threatened that if we come with the army they will cut their throats." He declined to specify the amount of money demanded by the kidnappers.
The fact that a ransom demand was made would seem to indicate that earlier reports circulating among Islamist bulletin boards that the Romanian journalists were abducted by the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sunna were incorrect.

However, that group did announce today that it had murdered three Jordanian truck drivers.

UPDATE 3/30: So far only two other media outlets are reporting on an American being held hostage in Iraq. The Jawa Report is the only American media covering this!!

Roy Hallums redux.

It's a sad day when the MSM will not even report allegations that an American citizen has been taken hostage in a war-zone. If they are waiting for State Department of Pentagon confirmation, forget it. It is the official policy of the United States not to comment about civilian workers taken hostage.

It took nearly two months between the time that Roy Hallums was taken hostage and the State Department confirmed that 3 American hostages were 'probably in Iraq'.

UPDATE II: Xinhua now reporting that American Mohammad Munaf has been kidnapped and identified the Romanian state news agency Rompres as their source.

That makes three foreign news agencies plus The Jawa news from the American MSM.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:36 AM | Comments |