Three Kenyans, three Indians, and an Egyptian are being held hostage in Iraq with similar threats as before – ie, that one will be beheaded every 72 hours if their employer did not leave Iraq. The company appears to be a Kuwaiti company, perhaps a trucking company. They’ve also asked these three countries to withdraw their military personnel from Iraq. It appears that Kenya at least has complied, urging all of their citizens to immediately leave Iraq.
Granted, I don’t keep up on the news very well, but I was surprised to see this story, having not heard any mention of it in the US media.
It’s a little alarming that these sorts of tactics are being successful. It doesn’t bode well for the role of an international force anywhere in the future if all of the smaller entities flee when threatened.