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Western Peacemaking Group Hopes for Release of Peace Activists in Iraq

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A Western peacemaking group says it is grateful and heartened to have seen its four workers kidnapped in Iraq alive in a video tape broadcast on Arab television.

The group Christian Peacemaker Teams said on Saturday it continues to hope for the release of the four activists, who disappeared two months ago. In a videotape broadcast earlier today by the Arab television station al-Jazeera, kidnappers threatened to kill the activists unless all Iraqi prisoners are released from U.S. and Iraqi prisons.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said today his country hopes to cut the number of its forces in Iraq this year -- but only when Iraq's government is secure.

In other news, the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq says a soldier was killed when his vehicle was hit on Saturday by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. The coalition also says a U.S. marine was killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident Friday in the western city of Fallujah.
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