June 15th, 2005

happy den

Douglas Wood

Douglas Wood, the Australian hostage being held in Iraq, has been freed in a military operation, Prime Minister John Howard says.

"He was recovered a short time ago in Baghdad in a military operation that I'm told was conducted by Iraqi forces, in co-operation with ... American forces."

Mr Howard said no ransom was paid for Mr Wood's release.

"At no stage has a ransom been paid,'' he said.

He also paid tribute to the efforts of Australia's Islamic community and Sheikh Alhilali."