It has been reported that a British journalist captured by Iraqi gunmen in Basra is to be released.
James Brandon's release may follow mediation by representatives of rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
James Brandon was kidnapped in the southern city of Basra today and threatened with death if US forces did not pull out from the Shiite holy city of Najaf in 24 hours.
He was taken from the Diafa Hotel by around 30 gunmen, some dressed as police, said Captain Hashem Abdullah of the Iraqi police.
He was shot twice in the leg and hours later a video tape released in the city showed a hooded militant standing next to the journalist and threatening to kill him if the attack on Najaf was not stopped.