The Iraqi military gets the credit. From Reuters, “Australian PM says hostage Wood freed in Iraq,” with thanks to 3rdtimelucky.
CANBERRA – Australian hostage Douglas Wood was freed from his Iraqi captors on Wednesday after being held for six weeks, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said.
“Mr Wood was recovered a short while ago in Baghdad in a military operation which I’m told was conducted by Iraqi forces, in cooperation in a general way with force elements from the United States,” Howard told the Australian parliament.
Howard said Wood was now safe and well under the protection of Australian troops in Baghdad.
Wood, a 63-year-old engineer married to an American woman, has been held hostage since early May, when a two-minute video of him was delivered to news agencies.
Iraqi militants had warned Australia to begin withdrawing its troops from Iraq or they would kill Wood…