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Arab Fighters Say Iraqis Sold Them Out to U.S.
Yahoo ^ | March 15, 2004 | Lin Noueihed

Posted on 03/15/2004 1:20:26 PM PST by TheDon

By Lin Noueihed

BERQAYEL, Lebanon (Reuters) - Ahmed Abdel Razzaq went to Iraq (news - web sites) to fight the Americans and die a martyr. He ended up in a U.S. prison camp after the Iraqis he went to defend captured and sold him for $100.

"I went to be a martyr in God's name," said Razzaq, from poor north Lebanon, where Sunni Muslim militancy runs deep.

"I went to jihad (holy war) for the Iraqis but they are all traitors; the people, the army, the Kurds. They say Saddam was bad, but the Iraqis deserve 10 Saddams."

Motivated by religious zeal or Arab nationalism, busloads of Arab volunteers crossed Syria to go to Iraq before and during the war.

Those who got home alive describe being abandoned by Iraqi minders as U.S. forces reached Baghdad, or escaping Iraqis hostile to interference as the Baath government crumbled into chaos.

Hundreds more were captured, often by Iraqi Kurds opposed to toppled president Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), and spent months in U.S. custody at Camp Bucca in the desert near the southern port of Umm Qasr.

A Syrian who fought in the Kurdish-run north said he walked and hitchhiked over 75 miles to get back to the border after the Iraqi officers in charge of his cell fled with his passport.

"We fought Kurds. We looked for Americans but found none," said the fighter, who was of Palestinian origin.

"We only knew Baghdad fell when some Arabs told us to lay down our arms because it was over ... One day they were supporting Saddam, the next they were beating his statue with their shoes."

DESERT PRISON CAMP

The United States, which partly blames "foreign terrorists" for a series of post-war suicide attacks, said in November it had over 300 suspected non-Iraqi fighters in its custody in Iraq.

It has criticized Syria for letting militants slip across the border. Damascus says it is doing its best to stop infiltrators, and diplomats say the number has dwindled since the war ended.

U.S.-led forces freed 63 Syrians in January, according to Mohammed, a medic of Palestinian origin who was among them.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the United States also freed about 36 Lebanese and Jordanians in December and January, who it flew home on its own planes.

Those who are back say they endured scorching days and freezing nights living in tents at Camp Bucca.

They said the food was bad and they developed skin and breathing complaints in the hostile climate.

One Jordanian who returned to Amman in January complained "the Americans treated us like animals not like human beings."

But they got regular meals, were allowed to worship and exercise and had access to news and basic medical care.

At home in Damascus's Yarmouk refugee camp days after the end of his 10-month incarceration, Mohammed said his Kurdish captors handed him to U.S. troops, who flew groups of suspected Arab fighters, hands bound and heads enveloped in sacks, from town to town for repeated questioning before they reached Camp Buqqa.

"They swore at us, humiliated us, insulted us, hit and pushed us," said the 24-year-old, adding that he was in Iraq to help out at inundated hospitals, not to fight.

"They particularly scrutinized us Palestinians. One minute they would accuse us of being Islamic Jihad, then Hamas ... They searched our bodies for tattoos of Saddam's Fedayeen."

Lebanese Nadim Khoder denies firing a shot in Iraq but came home in a wheelchair after losing both legs in U.S. custody.

The 24-year-old said a fellow inmate tripped a cluster bomb while they were clearing rubbish by the perimeter fence.

A hairdresser who was the main breadwinner in a family of 10, Nadim says he plans to sue for compensation.

"When I was in the hospital far away from my family, surrounded by foreigners, I was always angry. I used to cry to feel better," he said.

"But the British doctors were kind."

NO REGRETS

Before Baghdad fell in April, Iraqi officials said more than 6,000 volunteers from across the Arab world -- half of them would-be suicide bombers -- were in the country.

Syrian volunteers came mainly from the Sunni heartland around Aleppo and Hama, from northern border regions that share tribal ties with Iraq, or from Palestinian camps.

Others went from Lebanon's teeming camps, where Palestinians have grown restive during a three-year uprising for a state, and deprived villages where unemployed youths turn to radical Islam.

The secular Baath government was traditionally hostile to Muslim militancy, but appealed to fellow Muslims to help it fight the United States, already resented by Arabs for supporting Israel.

The Iraqi embassies in Beirut and Damascus facilitated visa applications for volunteer fighters, bussed across the border to be received with fanfare by Iraqi officials on the other side.

Some volunteers said they were taken to vast camps outside Baghdad for training, before being sent to the northern and southern fronts.

They complained that the Iraqis armed them poorly, sending them into battle with too little ammunition or faulty guns.

Despite injury or incarceration, the volunteers said they would risk their lives again to defend Arabs from attack.

"We will help any Arab state that faces assault," said Mohammed. "...They are coming to Syria next. The equipment they have brought is enough to occupy the whole Arab world."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flypaperstrategy; insurgents; iraq; syria; terrorism

1 posted on 03/15/2004 1:20:26 PM PST by TheDon
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To: TheDon
"I went to jihad (holy war) for the Iraqis but they are all traitors; the people, the army, the Kurds. They say Saddam was bad, but the Iraqis deserve 10 Saddams."

Too funny for words!
2 posted on 03/15/2004 1:22:35 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Proud to be among the most hated Freepers at DU. Boo Troll !)
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To: TheDon
Paybacks are a B***h aint they?

The Iraqis wont soon forget that their arab brothers let them rot under Saddam Husseiins brutal oppression.
3 posted on 03/15/2004 1:24:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: TheDon
..."the Americans treated us like animals not like human beings."

But hey, they got food, medical care, news, religious services, etc...

They're just lucky it wasn't up to me. I would have sent them home across the desert, buck naked with a big U.S.A. tattooed on their forehead.

4 posted on 03/15/2004 1:26:39 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws, smile!!)
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To: TheDon
LOL!

On a related note, what I really notice about the Iraqi situatuion and the Spanish one is the response given by the people in regards to being attacked. Iraqis have already suffered tremendously and lost many of their loved ones to such cowardly attacks. Yet they did not capitulate to the murdering scumbags. The Spainards, on the other hand, handed a victory to the losers who would scurry to the UN first if they suffer another 3/11.

It wwould seem that one of our strongest allies will be Iraq as soon as the nation bilding is done.
5 posted on 03/15/2004 1:28:55 PM PST by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint. (Liberalism=Cowardice))
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To: TheDon
It came around and went around for the M-F'er evidently. Ain't life great! LOL
6 posted on 03/15/2004 1:34:01 PM PST by LaGrone
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To: Ronin
"They're just lucky it wasn't up to me. I would have sent them home across the desert, buck naked with a big U.S.A. tattooed on their forehead."

OOH OHH my addition to your tattoo idea. A chest wide tattoo of a pig named MOTHER.


7 posted on 03/15/2004 1:35:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: TheDon
"We will help any Arab state that faces assault," said Mohammed. "...They are coming to Syria next. The equipment they have brought is enough to occupy the whole Arab world."

I hope the deluded sad sack is half right. We brought enough weapons to destroy the Arab world, not occupy it.

8 posted on 03/15/2004 1:36:22 PM PST by Maynerd
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To: Killborn
And hopefully our next will be a free Iran.
9 posted on 03/15/2004 1:37:26 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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To: TheDon
These people are so backward. They are still living in the 7th century, especially in mind and attitude. The scary thing is, they want to take us back to the 7th century with them.
10 posted on 03/15/2004 1:38:51 PM PST by ought-six
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To: TheDon
"I went on a jihad and all I got was this crappy cell."

Hey, Ahmed: Shiite happens, baby....

11 posted on 03/15/2004 1:44:54 PM PST by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against John Kerry, proud to be a "crook" and a "liar.")
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To: All
first of all i would like to thank the don for posting this.
my monday has not had many smiles,now i have a big one.
killborn you are right on track.
however how many in this great land still have 9/10 minds,it breaks my heart when i think towards november and visualize the levers being pulled.
MAY OUR LORD LOOK DOWN ON THIS GREAT NATION!
12 posted on 03/15/2004 1:44:58 PM PST by alpha-8-25-02 (saved by GRACE and GRACE alone)
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To: Maynerd
We brought enough weapons to destroy the Arab world, not occupy it.

Given the military record of the Arab world (at least when fighting non-Arabs) that amounts to about 8 M16s and 2 M249s in a properly motivated and trained squad.

13 posted on 03/15/2004 1:47:50 PM PST by blanknoone (At least the Spanish socialist party call themselves socialists.)
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To: philetus
Sounds good. :)
14 posted on 03/15/2004 1:49:01 PM PST by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint. (Liberalism=Cowardice))
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To: TheDon
Despite injury or incarceration, the volunteers said they would risk their lives again to defend Arabs from attack.

This has all the biased hallmarks of a typical Reuters "news" story. Here's a news flash for Reuters: We didn't go to Iraq to attack Arabs, we went to free them.

15 posted on 03/15/2004 1:50:28 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: TheDon; Mr. Mojo
This is hysterical. I guess no one told these idiots that war is Hell. The guy who plans to sue for compensation after losing his legs is simply too much. He*s obviously a Democrat. LOL! IF he was so concerned about supporting his family, he should never have been in Iraq to begin with. ;-)
16 posted on 03/15/2004 1:54:16 PM PST by NRA2BFree (The Socialists are in control of our Congress. It*s time to clean house!!)
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To: alpha-8-25-02
Gotta love this "Nadim says he plans to sue for compensation."

What no assumption of risk? Butt-hole should have stayed home where he belonged.
17 posted on 03/15/2004 1:55:30 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: cripplecreek
I like the idea of a big tattoo of Madonna wearing her cone-shaped breast coverings.
18 posted on 03/15/2004 1:57:59 PM PST by Renfield
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To: Bringbackthedraft
back in the day we marines had a saying;
"this guy brought a knife to a gun fight"
should have stayed in his own back alley
19 posted on 03/15/2004 2:01:43 PM PST by alpha-8-25-02 (saved by GRACE and GRACE alone)
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To: TheDon
Why didn't the jerk just put a gun to his head and commit hooey suey in the name of Allah? Sounds like he would felt better.
20 posted on 03/15/2004 2:02:20 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: NRA2BFree
sold him for $100

Jihad shmihad. we're talkin a hundred bucks here.
Cash.

I love this story.
21 posted on 03/15/2004 2:03:32 PM PST by pending
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To: cripplecreek
Xlint, except brand it, the pig, on both cheeks. Maybe even all four cheeks.
22 posted on 03/15/2004 2:08:52 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: alpha-8-25-02
Amen.
23 posted on 03/15/2004 2:12:19 PM PST by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint. (Liberalism=Cowardice))
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To: TheDon
"The equipment they have brought is enough to occupy the whole Arab world."<'/i>

Look, this sand maggot might actually have a brain.

24 posted on 03/15/2004 2:18:01 PM PST by PokeyJoe (FreeBSD; The devil made me do it.)
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To: lilylangtree
Why didn't the jerk just put a gun to his head and commit hooey suey in the name of Allah? Sounds like he would felt better.

No, he wouldn't have felt better. He's a Democrat; therefore, he's a whiner. You know, they cry about everything. ;-)

25 posted on 03/15/2004 2:20:49 PM PST by NRA2BFree (The Socialists are in control of our Congress. It*s time to clean house!!)
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One Jordanian who returned to Amman in January complained "the Americans treated us like animals not like human beings

In the Sudan, Muslem filth kidnap women and children, inflicting gang rapes, FGM-and forced amputations of limbs for any who fight back.

In the Moluccas, Muslem filth are forcing whole villages to "convert" on pain of decapitation-after which, all the "converts" are mutilated obscenely with a single unsterilized razor.

In Australia and many European countries, the gang rape of western women is considered a sport, and those arrested really think they're being oppressed-that they have aright to do these things against nonmuslem women.

And there's the little matter of terrorism....Israel...Bali...Madrid...Moscow...NYC...All in the name of the goal they've had since the seventh century : Spreading the Garbage Religion throughout the entire world, imposing it by force if necessary . (If Israel and the USA did not exist, these things would STILL be commiting terrorist acts.)

As far as I'm concerned, the Jordanian's comparision was an insult to animals, including rats and cockroaches.

26 posted on 03/15/2004 2:28:47 PM PST by kaylar
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To: TheDon
He ended up in a U.S. prison camp after the Iraqis he went to defend captured and sold him for $100.

Yup. Muslims DO still practice slavery, I guess.

I wonder if we could afford to just BUY them all...

I'm sure we could find a few good uses for them.
27 posted on 03/15/2004 2:48:37 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: TheDon
Stupid is as stupid does.
28 posted on 03/15/2004 2:52:53 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: TheDon
One Jordanian who returned to Amman in January complained "the Americans treated us like animals not like human beings."

"They swore at us, humiliated us, insulted us, hit and pushed us," said the 24-year-old, adding that he was in Iraq to help out at inundated hospitals, not to fight.

You deserved death scumbag, be thankful you are still wasting oxygen.

29 posted on 03/15/2004 3:14:32 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you must; perform without fail that what you resolve.)
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To: TheDon
ROF, best laugh all week!

Sold for $100? Yikes, reparations not far down the road.
30 posted on 03/15/2004 3:34:36 PM PST by mtbopfuyn
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