Reporter Rory Carroll writes about his abduction in today’s Guardian. This passage in particular sheds some light on the political background to his kidnapping and eventual release.
Ahmad Chalabi, the deputy prime minister, waited with a smile at his palm-fringed compound. Elements of Moqtada al-Sadr’s movement had snatched me, ostensibly to gain leverage for friends detained by the British in Basra, he said, though some wanted to sell me to jihadists.
He said his lobbying had clinched the release. "We got you out just in time." It was over. I slumped into a seat. An aide fished a can of beer from his jacket pocket. "I think you’ll be wanting this." (Guardian)