The kidnappers of four western peace activists, including two Canadians, have released a new videotape and a statement threatening to kill the men.
U.S.-led forces have one "last chance" to release Iraqi prisoners or the group calling itself the Swords of Truth will kill the hostages, according to the statement read on Al-Jazeera television.
No deadline was set.
Al-Jazeera said it aired the entire tape, which lasted around 55 seconds and was dated Jan. 21.
James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Sooden, 32, were kidnapped at gunpoint on Nov. 26 along with Briton Norman Kember, 74, and American Tom Fox, 54. Loney is from Toronto and Sooden has lived in Montreal.
The tape shows the four hostages standing against a wall in a dimly lit room. In another scene, they're sitting and appear to be talking, but their words are not audible.
We join the rest of the civilized world in hoping that the four are released unharmed, along with all others being held hostage in Iraq.