Friday, December 24, 2004

Released French hostage talks of Planet bin Laden

The Australian: Hostage talks of Planet bin Laden [December 24, 2004]:

ONE of two French journalists freed after a four-month hostage ordeal in Iraq has described their captivity as being 'immersed in Planet (Osama) bin Laden'.
Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot had spent their first day back in France recounting details of their ordeal to the foreign intelligence agency, DGSE.

'One of the lessons we drew from our captivity was that we were immersed in Planet Bin Laden, especially when we were in a cell of the Islamic Army in the north' of Iraq, Mr Malbrunot told France 2 public television.

'We really understood that these kidnappers were driven not by an Iraqi agenda, but by an agenda of Islamic holy war.'"

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