Skip to comments.A Raid in Iraq, And a Glimpse Into the World Of Infiltrators (GNFI)
Posted on 01/20/2004 6:14:56 PM PST by xzins
BAGHDAD, Jan. 19 -- After midnight Monday, Ardashees Mherian heard the pitter-patter of footsteps on his roof and rushed upstairs to see what was going on.
The footsteps quickly turned into the rat-a-tat of automatic rifle fire, the bangs of exploding grenades, angry shouts and awful moans. His little house in far southeast Baghdad was caught in a raid by U.S. soldiers on suspected foreign fighters who lived around the corner.
"I was surprised. I did not know such people lived here," he said. "On the other hand, this is Baghdad. We're used to shooting and explosions. Life here is one big war."
The raid and its results provided a rare glimpse into the opaque world of foreign Arabs who U.S. and Iraqi officials say have infiltrated Iraq to fight U.S.-led occupation forces.
Although U.S. officials declined to provide details of the raid or the means they used to locate the house in the Hay Reasa district of Baghdad, Iraqi officials described it as a terrorist safe house. "They clearly knew what house they wanted," said Adnan Abdul Hamid, who lives across the street. "Loudspeakers told those people to surrender and warned everyone else to stay in their homes."
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The shooting continued for about three hours. The grenade blasts shattered windows in nearby homes. At the Mherian home, first a soldier and then one of the Arabs took up positions on his roof. The Arab had clambered across rooftops two houses away to reach the home of the Mherians, who are of Armenian descent.
By dawn, when silence had returned to the neighborhood, Mherian's high-school-aged daughter discovered the body lying in a corner of the roof. There was a crater, evidently from a grenade that sprayed shrapnel all over and killed the Arab. His nationality was not clear to the Mherians.
Ardashees Mherian, a computer salesman, rushed to the street and told the soldiers, "There's a body on my roof."
They quickly carried the dead man away, but the Mherians have been unable to remove all the blood that stained their roof.
Someone tipped us I bet!