viernes, mayo 21, 2004

Spanish newsman released, troops leave Iraq
The Spanish withdrawal had been an election campaign promise

A Spanish radio journalist has been released from the Iraqi city of Najaf by his captors as Spanish troops head out of the war-torn country.

Spanish state radio said its correspondent Fran Sevilla, who reported the Spanish troops' withdrawal from their base at Diwaniya earlier on Friday, was in good health

He was reportedly held by a group loyal to Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr for four hours.

Earlier on Friday Sevilla reported from Diwaniya that the last of the Spanish troops had left their base and were on their way to Kuwait. He said he was the last Spaniard left in the south-central Iraqi city.

The soldiers were among the last remaining in Iraq from a force of up to 1400 sent by the previous pro-American government. They had been stationed in a largely Shia Muslim area of south-central Iraq, including the cities of Najaf and Diwaniya.

Noticia completa en AlJazeera

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