BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Polish woman hostage being held by militants pleaded for her life and asked Poland to remove its troops from Iraq in a video aired Saturday by Al-Jazeera television.
Teresa Borcz Khalifa (search), a 54-year-old with dual Polish-Iraqi citizenship, was wearing a black top and sitting in front of a banner with the militant group's name, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades (search).
"Once again I call on you to help me, by saving my life," she said. "My life is in great danger. The one thing that will save my life is any response to the Iraqis' demands: by first getting the Polish troops out of Iraq and second, giving any helpmove all its soldiers from Iraq.
Poland commands about 6,000 troops from 15 nations — including some 2,400 from Poland — in central Iraq. The Warsaw government has ruled out any possibility of negotiations or a pullout from Iraq.