The interim Iraqi government released a series of security laws Wednesday aimed at clamping down on insurgents as militants continued to battle U.S. and Iraqi forces in Baghdad.
Two U.S. troops and seven U.S. civilian contract workers have gone missing in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials Monday.
A surge of kidnappings of foreign workers in Iraq continued Friday with insurgents claiming they seized four Italians and two Americans on the outskirts of Baghdad.
Iraqi insurgents kidnapped eight South Koreans, three Japanese and two Arab Israelis in separate incidents Thursday, and militants threatened to burn the Japanese alive if Tokyo does not withdraw from the U.S.-led coalition within three days.
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