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IRAQ: Kidnappings Now Become ‘Unofficial’

Inter Press Service By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Aug 29 (IPS) - Residents of Baquba deny police claims that kidnappings are now a matter of the past.

"There are fewer people disappearing, but it continues," a trader who asked to be referred to as Abu Ali told IPS. "All of us know that several people are still being kidnapped every week."

A local sheikh, speaking to IPS on condition of anonymity, said that many from his tribe . . .

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