He was seized on June 8, the same day U.S. troops announced they had killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani had said al-Zarqawi's death would improve the country's oil production, particularly in the north.
No contact with the kidnappers has been made.
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