Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Kuwaitis Call for Prisoner Release

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Kuwaitis Call for Prisoner Release

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Kuwaitis Call for Prisoner Release

When Kuwait was invaded by Iraqi forces in 1991, soldiers took Ahmed Baqer to Basra as a prisoner of war. There he spent seven months in a prison camp with thousands of other Kuwaitis. Now Baqer is the secretary of the Kuwaiti National Assembly and one of his main jobs is to free the 625 Kuwaitis who are believed still being held in Iraq.

To mark the sixth anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces, Baqer and Dr. Naser Al-Sane, chairman of the Economic and Financial Committee of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, visited the United States to share information about the detention of Kuwaiti citizens.

"I saw, myself, many terrible things and savage acts," Baqer said at the American Muslim Council offices in Washington, DC Feb. 27. "Now it is very important that the remaining prisoners are released."

Since the war, Iraq has slowly released all of its American and European detainees, but it refuses to admit that Kuwaitis still are being held. …

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