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Briton home after release from captivity in Iraq

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Briton home after release from captivity in Iraq


The nightmare has ended for British peace campaigner Norman Kember, reunited with his wife after four months of captivity in Iraq. The 74-year-old was freed along with two other members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams group in a dramatic dawn rescue in Baghdad by special forces on Thursday. They were found manacled but unhurt in a house in the western suburbs of the Iraqi capital. Their captors had apparently fled.

A British military commander had criticised what he claimed was Kember’s refusal to thank his liberators. This was his response: “I do not believe that a lasting peace is achieved by armed force, but I pay tribute to their courage and thank those who played a part in my release. I am not ready at this time to talk about my months of captivity except to say that I am delighted to be free and reunited with my family”. Kember’s joy is mixed with sadness however. The body of a fourth hostage, American Tom Fox, was found two weeks ago. He had been tortured and shot.
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