On October 19th, 2004, an aid worker by the name of Margaret Hassan was kidnapped to be murdered weeks later.

Hassan held a dual citizenship between England and Iraq, having been married to Tahseen Ali Hassan and moving to Iraq with him in the ’70s.  She taught English at the British Council of Baghdad and knew Arabic.  Though immersed in an Islamic culture, she remained Roman Catholic during her time in Iraq.  In 1991, she joined the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) and was an aid worker from then on, focusing on the poor districts of Baghdad and positively received by the people of the city.  She would become the director of CARE International in Iraq.

On October 19th, she was on her way to work with a driver taking her to the CARE offices in Baghdad.  Two unknown cars swerved to interdict, and men wearing police uniforms attacked her driver and grabbed her out of her seat.  They sped off to an unknown location.

A few hours later, Al-Jazeera broadcasted a video with Hassan as a captive.  Her identification was visible and there was a distinct lack of flags or other propaganda as often seen in these kinds of videos.  She was simply up against a blank wall.