Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Al-Qaeda want prisoner exchange for Canadian diplomats


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Barry Artiste Op/Ed

I have a better idea, release em or we will bomb your country back to the stone age!
Course one or two really, really Big Bombs and a few air strikes should just about do it, as you are not too far off the Stone Age era as it is.

Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Fowler speaks at the World Diamond Congress in Antwerp, northern Belgium in this July 18, 2000 file photo.

Al-Qaeda want prisoner exchange for Canadian diplomats

Steven Edwards, Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UNITED NATIONS -- Suspected kidnappers of two Canadian diplomats on a United Nations mission to Niger have set a "prisoner exchange" as a condition for their release, Canwest News Service has learned.

This emerges as al-Qaeda's wing in North Africa Tuesday claimed responsibility for holding Robert Fowler and his Foreign Affairs aide Louis Guay -- as well as four Western tourists kidnapped in Niger's neighbour Mali, near the border between the two countries.

The "prisoner exchange" demand has complicated efforts to free the Canadians, who disappeared Dec. 14 along with their locally hired driver, Soumana Mounkaila.

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