A day after the abductions, the organization's secretary-general, Mazen Abdullah, said that only the Baghdad operations were stopped, to create more "pressure to free those who have been kidnapped."
"We are looking to help the Iraqi people everywhere without dealing with their ethnic or religious or political issues, just helping the displaced people, the disabled, and also the refugees everywhere, try to help the Iraqi people," he said. "Those staff are working hard every day to help the Iraqi people everywhere, so I ask [the hostage takers] to release them directly."
Earlier today, the International Committee of the Red Cross called for the immediate and unconditional release of abducted Iraqi Red Crescent staff.
Meanwhile, the US military announced today that two U.S. troops have died from injuries sustained during clashes in Iraq's flash point Al-Anbar Governorate west of Baghdad.
The military said one died on December 15 and the second on December 16.
(compiled from agency reports)
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