Iraq: 5 Years - 5 Hostages - 5 Fingers
originally posted - 2008-03-14 08:54:56 -1100
Deeply disturbing news released in Austria on Wednesday that 5 severed fingers belonging to a group of missing contractors were delivered to the US Army in Iraq.
The missing contractors are:
Jonathon Cote, 25, of Getzville, New York
Joshua Munns, 25, of Redding, California
Bert Nussbaumer, 26, of Austria
Paul Reuben, 41, of Andover, Minnesota
Ronald Withrow, 40, of Lubbock, Texas
Joshua Munns' mother, Jackie Stewart, launched a website last year to call attention to the group of missing contractors after feeling frustration with a lack of progress in gaining the men's release. The website, The Missing 5, is open about its intent to raise money to pay for information and/or a ransom.
Captives' fingers sent to U.S. army in Iraq
By Rasha Madkour, AP, March 14, 2008
Severed fingers of five Western workers were sent to the U.S. military in Iraq, giving the men's relatives hope they're still alive.
The men were abducted in late 2006 and early 2007, a U.S. official said yesterday in Washington.
There are 14 American men currently known to be missing in Iraq. Volunteer contributors to the Wikipedia actually do a pretty good job of keeping the Wiki list of hostages up to date.
Kirk von Ackermann missing since October 9, 2003
Timothy Bell missing since April 9, 2004
SSG Keith Maupin kidnapped on April 9, 2004
Aban Elias kidnapped on May 3, 2004
Radim Sadeq Mohammed Sadeq also known as "Dean Sadek", kidnapped on November 2, 2004
Jeffrey Ake kidnapped on April 11, 2005
Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie kidnapped on October 23, 2006
Paul Johnson Reuben kidnapped on November 16, 2006
Jonathon Cote kidnapped on November 16, 2006
Joshua Munns (also spelled Munz) kidnapped on November 16, 2006
John Roy Young kidnapped on November 16, 2006
Ronald Withrow kidnapped on January 5, 2007