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Body of Egyptian Found in Iraq

The body of an Egyptian citizen was discovered Sunday in northern Iraq, authorities said.

Iraqi National Guard (search) Maj. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Amin said the body was found near Beiji, 150 miles north of Baghdad. The man's hands were bound with a rope and it appeared he had been beaten.

Amin said identification found on the body showed the dead man was Egyptian.

Officials at the Egyptian Embassy in Baghdad said they had no immediate information.

Militants waging a 16-month insurgency have increasingly turned to kidnapping to force coalition forces and contractors from the country.

More than 100 foreigners have been abducted since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2002 and many have been executed.

On Saturday, militants threatened to behead a Turkish truck driver if his employers and a Kuwaiti contractor don't leave Iraq within 48 hours, according to a video aired on a pan-Arab television channel.

Meanwhile, France's foreign minister, Michel Barnier (search), returned home from the Middle East without winning the release of two French journalists held hostage since mid-August.