Douglas Wood is back in Australia:

He has apologised to the Australian prime minister and the US president for his appeals for troop withdrawals from Iraq, which he says were made under duress.

Mr Wood says the calls he made in a video-taped statement did not reflect his beliefs, and his rescue by Iraqi forces shows that the policies of recruiting and training Iraqi troops are working.

“I’m proof positive that the policies of the American and Australian governments is the right one,” he said.

Meanwhile, remember this claim from May 18?

A spokesman for Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilali says a telephone call was received from men claiming to be Mr Wood’s kidnappers.

“After telling him who they are they put him on to an English-speaking gentleman, who indicated to the mufti that he was Mr Wood and that he was well,” the spokesman said.

That’s news to Wood:

The 63-year-old engineer said he had never heard of the Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj Aldin Alhilali, during his hostage ordeal.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/19/2005 at 07:01 PM
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