Early Morning September 28, 2012, a vehicle-borne-improvised-explosive-device (VBIED) detonated outside of the main prison near Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, in Iraq.
Seconds later, heavily armed men utilizing military tactics stormed several security checkpoints within the prison, killing at least 13 Iraqi policemen, wounding approximately 35 more.
They assisted over 90 prisoners (original count of 83 was found to be incorrect) to escape, including some influential members of terrorist groups such as Ansar al-Islam, Ansar al-Sunnah and Al Q'aeda. The terrorist operatives also broke into the administration areas searching for files about detainee interviews and confidential source information, taking documents that most likely pointed to identities of those who assisted the Shurta (Police). Other files were set on fire.
The Shurta Wattaniyah (Federal Police) and Iraqi Army are conducting an aggressive manhunt to recapture the terrorists and other escapees.
|Abu Musa'ab al-Zarqawi|
Most likely emboldened by the recent violence in the region, the current rhetoric over the extradition of Abu Hamza al-Masri, and Ahmadinejad's statements before the UN; the terrorists enacted their plan. Plans such as this are not spur of the moment actions. The building of a VBIED can take weeks to accomplish, especially in a manner that does not raise suspicion. This action was probably in the planning and reconnaissance phase for well over a month. It was methodical, rehearsed, and deliberate. Taking all of that into account, in addition to their targeting of intelligence files, it is highly likely that at least one of those escapees is somebody of high importance. If not recaptured, we may see a sharp rise in violent and deadly attacks in Iraq, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and possibly even an attempted attack here in the US within the next 6 months.
The video below is from SSG Maupin's funeral. Please render proper honors and respect.