Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

American Peace Activist Killed in Iraq ; Tom Fox Was among at Least 250 Foreigners Kidnapped in Iraq since 2003. He Was Abducted Nov. 26

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

American Peace Activist Killed in Iraq ; Tom Fox Was among at Least 250 Foreigners Kidnapped in Iraq since 2003. He Was Abducted Nov. 26

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Tom Fox, the American among four Christian peace activists kidnapped in November who was found slain in Baghdad last week, was remembered Saturday as a passionate crusader for justice in Iraq.

"We mourn the loss of Tom Fox, who combined a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression, and the recognition of God in everyone," the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams said in a release.

Mr. Fox, who lived in Clear Brook, Va., was the fifth American hostage killed in Iraq. There was no immediate word on his fellow captives, a Briton and two Canadians.

The previously unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigades claimed responsibility for kidnapping the four Christian Peacemaker Teams members, who disappeared Nov. 26. Three of them - Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden; and Briton Norman Kember - were seen in a video dated Feb. 28 that was broadcast last Tuesday on Al Jazeera television. Fox did not appear in the brief, silent footage.

While in Iraq, Fox visited detained Iraqis, escorted shipments of medicine to clinics and hospitals, and worked to form an Islamic Peacemaker Team, said Paul Slattery, a member of the Langley Hill Friends Meeting that Fox, a Quaker, also attended in McLean, Va.

"He actually believed in his heart that he would better them by his conviction and his beliefs and his skills, and I think largely succeeded," Mr. Slattery said. "What he leaves behind is a tremendous challenge for the rest of us and a guiding force."

At least 250 foreigners have been kidnapped in the nearly three years since US-led forces invaded Iraq and at least 40 have been killed. Among the Americans still being held is Jeffrey Ake, a contractor from LaPorte, Ind., who is married and has four children. He was abducted April 11, 2005, while working near Baghdad.

According to an Associated Press article last April, Mr. …

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