Mar 29, 2013

Looking back at Iraq

Ten years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, there are still no answers to why Washington thought it could march the country to war without paying for it.

Apr 28, 2004

Hostage blames state for backlash

The harsh criticism that has been aimed at Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq stems from government resentment over their relatives’ calls for Tokyo to withdraw its troops from the country, one of the hostages said Tuesday. Five Japanese civilians were taken captive in ...

Ex-hostage stands by decision to visit Iraq

Apr 22, 2004

Ex-hostage stands by decision to visit Iraq

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A freelance journalist recently freed after being held hostage in Iraq said that while he regrets not properly realizing the dangers of traveling near a war zone, he stands by his decision to go and report on the situation there. Jumpei Yasuda, 30, who ...

Hostages released into storm of criticism

Apr 21, 2004

Hostages released into storm of criticism

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Two days before her daughter was freed Thursday night by her captors in Iraq, 65-year-old Kyoko Takato was apologizing to the public, using words more befitting of the parent of a criminal. Civilian hostages Nahoko Takato, 34, a volunteer aid worker; Soichiro Koriyama, a ...

Apr 20, 2004

Freed hostage pair sorry, admit going to Fallujah

Two Japanese civilian captives freed Saturday by gunmen after being kidnapped last week apologized Sunday for causing trouble and said they were snatched while trying to get to Fallujah, not to a downed U.S. chopper. Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda and human rights activist Nobutaka ...