Archaeologist Kidnapped in Iraq

Susanne Osthoff, a German archaeologist who has worked since the invasion to document looted and damaged sites in Iraq, and to deliver humanitarian aid for a German relief agency, has been kidnapped, along with her driver. After warnings 6 months ago from American forces that she may be in danger, Osthoff left Iraq, but recently returned to travel to Isin, a site she had worked on before the invasion. Germany currently has no troops operating in Iraq, and Osthoff is the first German national attacked in this way. There is more information aboutthe kidnapping here and here; Saving Antiquities For Everyone (SAFE), with whom Osthoff was working, has a petition/show of support that you can sign onto (in left-hand column).