Iraqi troops rescue child

Iraqi commandos rescue an 11-year-old Iraqi boy Jan. 29 near Baghdad.

Three days earlier, the youth had been taken for ransom by al-Qaeda agents. The kidnappers had demanded $100,000, then $80,000, from the boy's parents to secure his release. The kidnappers had threatened to behead the youth if they weren't paid. The boy's father, a mechanic, couldn't afford to pay the kidnappers.

The al-Qaeda kidnapping cell is linked to 26 previous abductions.

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