Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Some good news from Iraq. The Australian-American hostage Douglas Wood is free - without a bribe. From Prime Minister John Howard's statement to the Parliament about two hours ago:
I am delighted to inform the House that the Australian hostage in Iraq Mr Douglas Wood is safe from his captors. Mr Wood was recovered a short while ago in Baghdad in a military operation that I'm told was conducted by Iraqi forces, in cooperation in a general way with force elements of the United States.Well, thank you Iraqi forces.
He's now under the protection of the Australian Emergency Response Team in Baghdad. I understand that he is well. He's undergoing medical checks at the present time. I know that all Australians will be jubilant at this news.