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  Foreign workers told to flee Iraq
Updated 13 April 2004, 15.16
Chinese hostages have been freed
Foreign people working in Iraq have been advised to leave the country, after four Italians were taken hostage.

French citizens have been told to leave Iraq by their government, and a number of companies are ordering workers home.

Lots of hostages have been taken in Iraq in recent days, as some of the people living there try to get rid of the US-led coalition forces.

The growing problems in Iraq have led to a senior US commander asking for 10,000 more US soldiers to be sent there.

Falluja, Iraq
A video has been shown on TV showing armed men with the captured people and asking for Italian soldiers to leave Iraq.

Earlier on Tuesday, five Russian and three Ukrainian people taken hostage in Iraq were released, as were seven men from China.

Elsewhere US soldiers have arrested a helper of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.

Sadr is a man who doesn't want the US to have any part in what is going on in Iraq, and has an armed group called the Mehdi Army backing him.

It's not the first time the US have arrested an aide of Sadr, and last time lots of violence happened in the days afterwards.

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