Two Turkish companies are pulling employees out of Iraq after militants threatened to behead two workers being held hostage.
The Anatolia news agency reports the companies will meet the kidnappers' demands and close their offices in Iraq.
Also Wednesday, Islamic militants said they beheaded a spy for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Iraq. The claim, and photographs of the apparent beheading, were posted on the Internet but could not be immediately verified. U.S. intelligence officials declined comment.
Meanwhile, a group calling itself the Brigades of Divine Anger says it kidnapped a relative of Iraq's defense minister and another man and demanded an end to military operations in Najaf.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.