Britain mulling Iranian help in Iraq hostage hunt

London is considering approaching Tehran for help in finding five Britons kidnapped in Baghdad, The Guardian newspaper said Friday, citing officials.

Britain mulling Iranian help in Iraq hostage hunt
London is considering approaching Tehran for help in finding five Britons kidnapped in Baghdad, The Guardian newspaper said Friday, citing officials.

The possibility was raised Thursday at a meeting of COBRA, the government's crisis cell, the daily said.

Armed men wearing police uniforms abducted the Britons -- a consultant and his four armed guards -- from a finance ministry building near a Shiite area of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday.

"They (the Iranians) want to show the United States that they have influence over the Mahdi army, and that the United States must come to them for help."

Media reports have suggested that the elite SAS commando unit, which has rescued hostages in Iraq before, had been put on standby, although this could not be confirmed and analysts said such a mission would be risky.

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