Iraq's Hostage Crisis: Kidnappings, Mass Media and the Iraqi Insurgency
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This article analyzes the use of kidnapping as a tactic by the Iraqi insurgency in its effort to influence Iraq, Arab, and Muslim public opinion and policies, as well as the international arena. It assesses how this method has yielded important advantages for the insurgents, despite the horror and opposition this behavior arouses in the outside world.
The article of record as published may be located at http://www.gloria-center.org/2004/12/al-marashi-2004-12-01/