Egypt’s top envoy to Iraq appears to have been kidnapped, possibly in response to reports he was to become the first full-ranking Arab ambassador to the US-backed government. Ihab el-Sherif was apparently abducted by gunmen as he walked alone in Baghdad on Saturday. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has confirmed his disappearance and called for him to be treated well, as a defender of the Arab cause. Meanwhile, the Swiss government has asked the United States to explain the fatal shooting of a Swiss-Iraqi man in Baghdad. Salah Jmor was a member of the Swiss Social Democratic party in Geneva and the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s candidate for trade minister. It is thought he was in a car with his brother last Tuesday when US soldiers opened fire.“It was an assassination,” said his relative Sarwar Jmor. “An assassination which was aimed at my cousin. It was a sniper who aimed at his head. “In my opinion it was targeted, because normally if the Americans fear a car is going to blow itself up at a checkpoint, they aim at the driver, not the passenger.” Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said the government had contacted the US ambassador in Iraq and Switzerland’s ambassador in Washington to make sure an inquiry was launched. Washington said it regretted the incident and would cooperate with Switzerland to clarify the circumstances.
Egyptian envoy snatched in Baghdad