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Continued: Feb. 9, 2006: From Brainerd to a jail in Baghdad

He said Shawqi had gone to the United Arab Emirates in either 2002 or 2003 to focus on the furniture business, then tried to win a contract for construction work in Baghdad.

"He was like a thousand other Americans trying to get lucky with a contract," he said. "He has wild dreams and wants to make money. He's got to make money to support his family."

The writers are at: ggordon@mcclatchydc.com, brunswick@startribune.com and raolson@startribune.com

Raleigh News & Observer correspondent Jim Nesbitt contributed to this report.

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