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The Italian hostages with their captors before Quattrocchi, second from right, was killed

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You too are parents and can understand our anxiety. Spare the lives of our boys." Antonella Agliana beamed these words to Iraq via al-Jazeera, hoping to elicit sympathy from the insurgents who held three Italian hostages, including her brother Maurizio. Three days before, word of a different videotape, which al-Jazeera declined to air, had galvanized Italy. It showed a fourth captive, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, calmly saying, "I'll show you how an Italian dies," before taking a bullet in the neck. Iraq 's continuing turmoil has been boosting antiwar feeling in Italy, but last week, public solidarity with...

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