Thursday, March 23, 2006
[09.42 GMT] AMAZING NEWS - THE CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER CAPTIVES ARE FREE: News is just emerging from various sources that Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden and Jim Loney have been freed from captivity in Iraq -- two weeks after the tragic killing of their colleague Tom Fox, whose body was found on a Baghdad rubbish tip. The three men were apparently rescued by a special forces unit which stormed the house where they were being held, west of Baghdad. Christian Peacemaker Teams has been working in Iraq since October 2002, investigating allegations of abuse against Iraqi detainees by American and Iraqi forces. Reports: Norman Kember freed (Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom - 9 minutes ago); British man Norman Kember rescued from Iraqi captors (Unison.ie, Ireland); ITN Reports: Norman Kember released (ITN, UK); British hostage Norman Kember released (ITV.com, UK); Kember freed in Iraq (Reuters, UK); Three Western hostages freed in Iraq (The Age, Australia); Norman Kember freed (Guardian Unlimited, UK); One British, two Canadian hostages freed in Iraq (CJAD, Canada); Special forces free Iraq hostages (CNN International, USA). British Home Secretary Jack Straw says that he has spoken to Norman's wife, Pat Kember, who is understandably "overjoyed" at the news.