Monday, October 29, 2007

Iraqi Troops Free Kinapped Tribal Leaders

Bill Roggio writes:

Just 24 hours after the capture of 11 Sunni and Shia tribal leaders in northern Baghdad, the Iraqi Army has freed eight of the sheikhs. Meanwhile, Multinational forces Iraq has identified the Mahdi Army commander responsible for the kidnappings, and has begun to name other Mahdi Army leaders as being involved in criminal and insurgent activity.

Iraqi soldiers conducted the raid in as of yet unidentified region near Baghdad, likely with the aid of US Special Forces, and killed four of the kidnappers. "We have rescued eight of the hostages and are working to free the others. We killed four of the kidnappers," Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al Askari said.

And this time the bad guys were JAM.

Earlier today, Multinational Forces Iraq "identified Arkan Hasnawi, a former brigade commander in Jaish Al Mahdi [Mahdi Army], as responsible for the kidnapping of Shia and Sunni tribal leaders from Diyala Province yesterday." ... The identification of Hasnawi as a former Mahdi Army commander and leader in the Special Groups is new pattern of releasing the names of Shia terror leaders.

Releasing the name of someone who kidnapped a tribal leader in a society like Iraq may have the same effect as putting up a Wanted Poster in the post office. The circumstances suggest that a struggle is now underway for the allegiance of the Shi'a, who must now decide whether to back the Iraqi government or acknowledge the suzerainty of the militias. Maybe the kidnapping of the tribal leaders was intended to convey the message that the Government can't protect you from the JAM. If so, the swift retribution and the public naming of the suspects sends the message that one's life expectancy in the militias is strictly limited. Which argument proves more convincing will become evident in the next days.


Blogger section9 said...

In the old days, the Sunni tribals would have been found with their throats slit. Now, not so much.

Methinks the Moqtada might have sold out some of his boyos?

10/29/2007 08:06:00 PM  
Blogger ledger said...

From my limited knowledge, Arkan Hasnawi has decided to do what he knows best – being a pirate. He owes no allegiance to anybody. It is the plunder that counts.

Speaking of allegiance or switching allegiance, there is a raging argument over the true allegiance of Sweden’s Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats) party in Sweden and the Vlaams Belang party in Belgium. Charles of LGF thinks they owe their allegiance to the Nazis and Pam of Atlas Shrugs says they owe their allegiance to fighting radical Islam.

Pam feels that an alliance with them can be made to fight the spread of radical Islam. Charles feels that it’s too dangerous to form an alliance with supposed Nazis. Both have made good arguments.

Because this case dates back to WWII it will take a person with greater knowledge than I to adjudicate who is correct.

Wrechard, with your superior historical knowledge of WWII you are just the person to sort this complex case out.

It could set a precedent on how Americans and Europeans align themselves against the creeping radical Islamic tide.

If you should choose to take this case and resolve it you will be awarded “Blogspherics Nobel Peace Prize.” The highest Award in the Blog Universe!

...Or expelled.

ee: The Resistance to Islamization of Europe

See: Vlaams Belang

See: The History of the Sweden Democrats

See: Sweden Democrats Doc Dump

10/30/2007 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger ledger said...

[Let's try that first link once more]

See: The Resistance to Islamization of Europe

10/30/2007 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

All lies, all the time:
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10/30/2007 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

When I first read about the kidnapping I despaired. They can't even protect the leaders!

I had assumed that it was Al Queda. News that it was a Shia group is actually good - FNC reported last week that a "classified" plan showed the next step would be to move against the Shia militias. Okay, so more justification for that plan. That they kidnapped both Sunni and Shia leaders is even better news.

And now, that the Iraqis got most of them back already - that is GREAT! Whoopeee!

Karl Rove himself could not have conducted a better op!

Anyone seen Karl lately?

10/30/2007 06:18:00 AM  
Blogger buck smith said...


You have a typo in the title - kidnapped...

10/30/2007 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...


I dunno -- are't all Arabs and all Shiite's in particular related? So if you have Shia militia taking Shia shieks, that *would* be kin-napped, no?

10/30/2007 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Wadeusaf said...

Sounds like a Hammas operation, or Hezbollah. Any news of the other three missing?

To me, it appears to be a form of Chaotic Iranian style (k)canapes. Though not exactly finger food, it is still food for thought, if you are of a mind to reconciliation.

Hors d'oeuvres any one?

11/01/2007 08:07:00 AM  

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