Meanwhile, abductors say they want to trade U.S. Army Pfc. Keith Matthew Maupin — one of several foreign nationals who have been taken hostage in recent days — for prisoners held by the United States. Two Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq were released Saturday at the Japanese Embassy in Baghdad, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
The Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera aired footage on Friday of Maupin with hooded men, including four holding rifles and one with a pistol, standing behind him.
Maupin, who had been missing since an April 9 convoy attack, appears to be in good physical shape, according to a senior coalition official.