Archaeologist Susanne Osthoff, 43, who’s spent more than a decade working on excavations in Iraq, disappeared with her driver on November 25th. Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier says she’s in good health and is currently staying at the German embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
He declined to comment on how or under what conditions Osthoff had been freed. The kidnappers had delivered a videotape to German state television shortly after the abduction, threatening to kill the two hostages unless Berlin ended all support for the current Iraqi government. Germany does not have troops in Iraq and has ruled out sending them there, but the government does help train Iraqi forces outside the country.
Steinmeier said the kidnappers have announced that they will releasee her driver but it’s not clear when.