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Iraqi gang frees kidnapped Christians

Religious freedom in Iraq seems to be a low priority for both the Iraqi government and the US-led Coalition forces. But fortunately, the news below is basically positive.

...from Compass Direct News:by Peter LamprechtISTANBUL, June 22 (Compass Direct News) ? Christian university students and faculty kidnapped two days ago on their way home from exams at Mosul University were released today, an Iraqi satellite TV channel reported.According to Ashtar TV, two university teachers and six students from the predominantly Syrian Catholic village of Qaraqosh were released in Mosul city around noon today."We have received the good news of the release of the eight, and the people here are very happy," a priest from Qaraqosh told Compass. He requested that Compass not publish the names of the eight people for security reasons.Local sources said that family members retrieved the freed Christians from an undisclosed location in Mosul city at about 1 p.m. after a representative of all eight families ...
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