2006
WORLD NEWS

Military operation frees 2 Canadian hostages in Iraq

from CBC.ca archives | Thu, 23 Mar 2006

Two Canadian hostages held in Iraq for nearly four months were freed Thursday morning in a carefully planned British-led military operation involving Canadian, American and Iraqi forces.

Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, were freed along with Briton Norman Kember, 74. All three were members of the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an international peace activist group.

They were abducted in November in Baghdad with American Tom Fox, who was later killed. His body was found March 10 with gunshot wounds in his head and chest.

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw comments on the release of the hostages in London on Thursday. (AP Photo)

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw comments on the release of the hostages in London on Thursday. (AP Photo)