Skip to main content
The Web    CNN.com      Powered by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SERVICES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEARCH
Web CNN.com
powered by Yahoo!
WORLD
Iraq Banner

Arab TV shows new U.S. hostage in Iraq


story.elias.aptn.al.arabiya.jpg
Al-Arabiya showed video of man who identified himself as Aban Elias.
VIDEO
A suicide attacker detonates a car bomb outside the U.S.-led coalition's headquarters in Baghdad.

CNN's John King on President Bush's efforts to reach out to an Arab world angry over Iraqi prisoner abuse.
YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS
Iraq
Colorado

(CNN) -- The Arabic TV network Al-Arabiya aired video Thursday of an American hostage in Iraq who identified himself as Aban Elias of Denver, Colorado.

In Denver, his brother Kazwan Elias saw the video and confirmed the man's identity. He said his brother is a 41-year-old American who was born in Baghdad.

Kazwan Elias said his sibling lives near Fallujah and works with a relative on road projects.

Aban Elias is married and has three sons, ages 1, 4 and 6, his brother said.

U.S. authorities said they had no immediate information about Aban Elias.

"I'm a civil engineer working here in Baghdad," Elias said on the videotape, wearing a blindfold and a checkered scarf. "We are working with the Pentagon."

As an engineer working on road projects in Iraq, he would coordinate with the Pentagon.

"I was kidnapped, and I call upon the Muslim Association to interfere, kindly," the man said.

Al-Arabiya said it received the video from a group calling itself the Islamic Anger Brigade, which claims to have taken Elias hostage Monday.

Joining Kazwan Elias at a news conference Thursday in Denver, Elias' mother sobbed, begging in Arabic for her son's release. She said her son is a good Muslim and has nothing to do with politics.

Kazwan Elias said his mother had recently been with his brother in Iraq.

"We were devastated," Elias said about the video. "We were shocked."

"I'm calling upon all the Islamic organizations to free him. He's a Muslim," he added. "His wife is crying; his mom is crying. This is just insane to just have him captured like this."

Elias said his brother's full name is Aban Abdel Malek Mahmoud Elias. He moved to the United States more than 20 years ago and also has lived in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, he said.


Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Iran poll to go to run-off
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards
Search JobsMORE OPTIONS


 

International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
SEARCH
   The Web    CNN.com     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser.
CNN.com does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.