U.S. and British troops Thursday freed three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street.
other points of note.
No kidnappers were present when the troops broke into a house in western Baghdad.
the operation to free the captives was based on information from a man captured by U.S. forces only three hours earlier.
Straw also gave few details of the operation, saying only that it followed ``weeks and weeks'' of planning.
The Christian Peacemakers, the group these men were working with, also called for coalition forces to leave Iraq.