News from Iraq is mixed:
Three of the contractors, who worked for the United States embassy office in Basra, were killed instantly by the blast, embassy officials said, and the fourth died at a hospital shortly afterward. Their names and the company they worked for are being withheld until their families are notified.
American soldiers found the hostage, Roy Hallums, a 57-year-old contractor, at an isolated farmhouse 15 miles south of Baghdad after receiving a tip from an Iraqi detainee, military officials said in a statement. He was in good condition and was receiving medical care, the officials said. An Iraqi captive with him whose name was not released was also freed.
“I want to thank all of those involved in my rescue those who continuously tracked my captors and location, and those who physically brought me freedom today,” Mr. Hallums said in a statement issued through the military.
The folks at the Jawa Report are elated by the news of the rescue, as they should be.