Iraq and US Forces Free Kidnapped & Tortured Iraqis

May 30, 2007

Below is yet another example of how the Iraqi citizens are tiring of the threats and violence from insurgents and al-Qaeda in their communities and cooperating with Coalition Forces, by providing valuable information. If not for a concerned citizen, these 42 men who had been kidnapped and tortured by al-Qaeda would not have been rescued and may have soon been killed. This is yet another example of the positive things our troops are doing in Iraq.

Working together, Soldier’s from the 5th Iraqi Army Division and US Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division rescued 42 men who had been held captive by al-Qaeda. Some claimed to have been held for as long as four months. The freeing of the 42 kidnapped men occurred during a raid which was based on a tip from a local citizen and occurred at an al-Qaeda hideout 6 miles South of Baquba on Sunday.

The kidnap victims were found in a small concrete and mud compound and were sleeping in cramped rooms on dirty blankets and pillows. There was rotting food inside and outside of the building. There was evidence that the men had been tortured and some had broken bones as a result of the torture. All were transported to a nearby combat outpost for medical evaluation, provided fresh food and water and questioned about their abductors.

“This is one more example of how al-Qaeda treats the citizens of Iraq - and we mean ALL the citizens, not based along sectarian lines or any other lines,” said US Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman. “This is another example of why we must win this fight against al-Qaeda.”

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