The War On Aid Workers

What is the insurgents' purpose in going after humanitarian workers like Margaret Hassan, care's longtime country director in Iraq, who was taken hostage last week? As it turns out, the tactic has sometimes been used successfully by the Taliban in Afghanistan, forcing aid organizations to suspend operations and driving a wedge between the people and those trying to bring improvements to the country. That seems to be the thinking of insurgents in Iraq who have been targeting aid workers for abduction in recent months and who are now believed to be holding Hassan. "Please, please, I beg of you, the British people, to help...

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