1 September 2004 -- Seven employees of a Kuwaiti firm taken hostage in Iraq on 21 July were freed today.
Spokeswoman Rana Abu-Zaineh of the Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company confirmed that the three Kenyans, three Indians, and an Egyptian are now in the company's custody. The seven appeared on Al-Arabiyah television giving interviews today.
A group calling itself the Secret Islamic Army released a video on 26 August calling on the Kuwaiti firm to cease operations in Iraq. The next day, Abu-Zaineh said the company would stop work in Iraq.
France is continuing efforts today to secure the release of two journalists held by a group calling itself the Islamic Army of Iraq.
The group is demanding that France repeal a law banning overt religious symbols, including Muslim head scarves, from public schools.
(Reuters/AP/AFP)For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".