Friday, September 28, 2012

Iraqi Jailbreak Frees Terrorists

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
This is reminiscent of when Abu Musa'ab al-Zarqawi (AMZ) was liberated during what seemed like a random insurgent raid on a small prison in western Iraq. The coalition forces using the prison had no idea that the man the enemy combatants freed would turn out to be the leader of the Iraqi branch of al-Q'aeda and their political shadow government, "The Islamic State of Iraq".  AMZ is best known for personally beheading American Civilian Nick Berg with a rusty hacksaw. AMZ also kidnapped and executed Matthew Maupin.

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.