Hostage Has Local Connection

In Iraq, it turns out one of the most recent hostages is not only American, but from nearby. Tom Fox is from Clear Brook, just north of Winchester.

A Virginia man is one of the four Western peace activists being held hostage in Iraq. The hostages that were shown in a video on Al-Jazeera is said to be part of a new wave of kidnappings police fear is aimed at disrupting next month's elections. Those being held captive are members of the Chicago-based aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams. The group has confirmed they disappeared Saturday.

Christian Peacemaker Teams identified the other hostages as Clear Brook, Virginia-resident Tom Fox. Fox, who's 54 and has two children, has worked for the past two years with the group in partnership with Iraqi human rights organizations. A Quaker for 22 years, the group says Fox was in Iraq seeking a "more complete understanding of Islamic cultural richness." And they say he is committed to telling the truth to US citizens about the war and its effects on Iraqi civilians.

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