Swords of Righteousness Brigade

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The Swords of Righteousness Brigade (Arabic: سرايا سيوف الحق, sometimes translated as the Swords of Truth Brigade) is a terrorist group which kidnapped four Western peace activists in Iraq on 26 November 2005, murdered one, Tom Fox, and held the remaining three hostage until March 22, 2006, when coalition forces raided the place where the hostages were held, known as the 2005-2006 Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis.

The group was unknown prior to this kidnapping.[1] However, the U.S.-based SITE Institute, a terrorism research organization, said that it had found ties between the Swords of Righteousness Brigade and the Islamic Army in Iraq. [1]

Hostage crisis[edit]

In 2006, the Peace Makers were rescued, except for Tom Fox, an American Quaker, who was killed by the hostage takers. Along with the American, two Canadians and one British man were also kidnapped. Their release was orchestrated by the joint effort of the Canadian elite forces JTF-2 and British SAS, along with American Special Forces operatives.

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  1. ^ 'New fear for Iraq hostages', National Post, December 13, 2005
  1. ^ Mathewson, Judy (November 30, 2005). "U.S. Christian Group Names Captives in Iraq, Blames U.S., U.K.". Bloomberg News. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 

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