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The motivations for kidnappings in Iraq varied. They were initially carried out for purely political reasons by groups seeking to put pressure on the governments that were formed after the fall of 2003, and they often ended bloodily, as was the case with many Western hostages and many businessmen and investors.
As the years passed, new motives for kidnapping emerged, the main basis of which is financial extortion, and its victims are often a few Western and Arab nationals working in Iraq and many businessmen.
Today, Tuesday (October 3, 2023), security expert Ahmed Al-Sharifi comments on the negative repercussions of the kidnappings of foreigners in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Al-Sharifi believes in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “there are many negative repercussions of the kidnapping of foreigners in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. This sends messages to countries that the security situation inside Iraq is still unstable, and this affects the issue of tourism in Iraq, despite the fact that this The sector is almost at a standstill.”
He stresses, "This matter sends dangerous messages to investors, and this prompts many international companies not to work in Iraq for fear of kidnappings. Therefore, there must be great attention in protecting and securing foreigners and tourists, in Baghdad and all Iraqi cities, in order to deliver... Messages that Iraq is stable in security and can be worked on in various sectors.”
The Times of Israel newspaper revealed on Wednesday (July 5, 2023) that the Israeli authorities refused to reveal the reasons for their “discretion” about the news of the kidnapping of their citizen in Iraq after being asked by journalists.
The newspaper said, according to what was translated by “Baghdad Today,” that “an official in the Israeli government, who did not reveal his identity, refused to reveal the reasons for the Israeli authorities’ secrecy about the kidnapping of the citizen in Iraq four months ago, noting the existence of what it said were “rumors” about her being involved. Working with the Israeli Mossad.
The newspaper also explained, quoting the official, that Israeli citizen Elizabeth Tsurkov had made “repeated visits to Iraq” in previous periods, without revealing the reasons for the visits or their dates.
The newspaper also pointed out that there was a "legal violation" regarding the entry of Israeli citizenship into Iraq, stressing that "Iraq has officially remained in a state of war with Israel since the 1960s, and Iraqi law does not allow foreigners who hold the nationality of enemy countries to enter its territory."
Earlier, Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Israeli entity, issued a statement, announcing the kidnapping of the Russian-Israeli citizen, Elizabeth Tsurkov, by what he described as “Shiite militias,” while holding the Iraqi government responsible for her safety.
Source: Baghdad Today