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Iraq Hostages: Kidnappers In Iraq Release French Journalist - 2004-04-14


A French television channel says one of its journalists has been freed, three days after being kidnapped in Iraq.

Alexandre Jordanov was abducted south of Baghdad on Sunday. He was traveling with his cameraman who was released on Monday.

Mr. Jordanov was among about 40 foreigners from 12 countries that U.S. authorities say have been seized by insurgents in Iraq.

The continuing violence and hostage-taking has led some countries to reassess their involvement in the Iraq.

Russia says it will soon evacuate more than 800 workers from Iraq. And the president of the Philippines says a decision to withdraw the 50-strong Philippine peacekeeping force in Iraq will depend on the security situation over the coming days.

Japan's government has "strongly advised" its journalists and other civilians to leave Iraq for their own safety, renewing a similar advisory made earlier this year.

But Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said his country will not back down from its commitment to the coalition. Four Italians are among those being held by insurgents. He echoed statements from U.S. officials that coalition authorities would not negotiate with kidnappers for the release of hostages.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials said four bodies were found in a shallow grave near the site of an ambush on a coalition convoy last Friday west of Baghdad. There was no confirmation of the identities or nationalities of the victims.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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