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Confusion Surrounds Reports of Shiite Kidnappings

Confusion surrounds reports that Sunni militants have taken more than 100 Shiite hostages in Madaen, south of Baghdad. Searches by Iraqi forces found no evidence of kidnappings. The kidnapping reports -- carried on Iraqi television -- highlight how quickly rumors spread in a country plagued by daily violence and sectarian tensions.

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Philip Reeves
Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.