Douglas Wood backed home after 47 days of Iraqi captivity

Freed after being held for 47 days by Iraqi insurgents, Douglas Wood just wanted a beer and to know how his favorite Australian Rules Football team was faring.

Wood has not lived in Australia for years — he's a U.S. resident married to a Californian woman — but he has not lost his typically Australian love of beer or his team from the southern city of Geelong where he grew up.

At an emotional news conference in Canberra, two of his brothers, Malcolm and Vernon, recalled Thursday their first telephone conversations with their older brother since his dramatic rescue Wednesday from the clutches of &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Iraqi insurgents, tells SFGate.

According to the Bloomberg, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade found Wood and an Iraqi hostage in the northwest Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Adel at 10:50 a.m. local time, while conducting a planned search for a weapons cache, the U.S. military said in a statement e-mailed from the capital.

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