Skip to comments.Soldiers capture kidnapper, free hostage ("Thank you, America" says freed hostage)
Posted on 10/14/2007 1:45:54 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy
Soldiers capture kidnapper, free hostage Multi-National Division Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD Multi-National Division Soldiers captured a kidnapper and freed a hostage being held for ransom Oct. 9 after being tipped off by residents of Northern Baghdads Adhamiyah neighborhood.
Members of the 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted the operation which freed Majhid Hamid Majeed, a 33-year-old shop owner and father of five, from the confines of the tiny, squalid room where he was being held hostage.
Majeed had been abducted the previous day by kidnappers who beat him and threatened to kill him unless his family paid a $10,000 ransom. As word about the kidnapping spread through the community, a Concerned Citizen called a local tip line with information about the identities of the kidnappers.
A platoon from Troop C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry was on patrol when the tip came in. The patrol was immediately redirected to the residence the kidnappers were supposedly using as their base. When the Soldiers burst through the door, the kidnapper who was guarding Majeed literally jumped out of his shoes and made a break for the roof, said Hot Springs, Ark., native Staff Sgt. Jeremy Hand. The Soldiers caught him before he could make it out of the house.
A search of the house quickly located Majeed, who was lying on a cot in a small room. Until the moment the Soldiers came into the room, Majeed was sure he was going to be killed, he said. When the Soldiers interpreter explained to Majeed that he was being rescued, the shop owner hugged and kissed him.
Thank you America! he exclaimed.
When their search was complete, the Soldiers brought Majeed, the detainee and evidence taken from the house back to their base at Coalition Outpost Apache. Later that evening the Soldiers brought Majeeds brother and a cousin to see him, and the three of them shared a long hug together when they were reunited.
For Orlando, Fla., native Spc. Thomas Anderson, a medic who had taken part in the operation, seeing Majeed reunited with his family was a gratifying sight.
This guy has got five kids, and he gets to go home to them tonight because of us. That makes you feel pretty good, Anderson said.
Thank you for this great article.
When good people work and fight together, evil has no chance.
Harry Reid says...Don’t listen to this! The war is lost! Its hopeless.
If its hopeless then why would Iraqi’s be snitching on insurgent kidnappers?
All of them, just after Reid or Murtha accuses the Soldiers of murdering the kidnappers. Hell, we may even hear about it on CNN after that too.
Soldiers burst through the door, the kidnapper who was guarding Majeed literally jumped out of his shoes and made a break for the roof, said Hot Springs, Ark., native Staff Sgt. Jeremy Hand.
ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NEW YORK TIMES, et al. Headlines:
US Soldiers force Iraqi citizen to remove his shows and then stand on hot roof, film at 11.
Damnit, Free Republic needs an edit button!
the Soldiers brought Majeed, the detainee and evidence taken from the house back to their base at Coalition Outpost Apache......
I wonder if the evidence was just pertaining to the kidnapping or if there might be some AL Quada evidence lying around? They have been kidnapping citizens and asking for ransoms to pay for their bombs and such.
US Soldiers force Iraqi citizen to remove his shoes and then stand on hot roof, film at 11.
Don't forget US SOLDIERS BURST INTO HOME, TERRIFY OCCUPANT and the follow up special: WHAT WARRANT? NO 4TH AMENDMENT PROTECTION FOR IRAQI CITIZENS
thanks for posting
This is wonderful news, but count me among the cynics on this thread. I shall not hold my breath waiting for American media to share this Iraqi’s gratitude. I could hold my breath, however, while I wait for the left to find some reason to put these soldiers in prison to execute their cause.
(Yes, I am holding a grudge against traitors to this country, and no, I will never let it go.)
Do you think you have 4th amendment rights in the USA?
I don’t know, that would make it more like the congressional record then:)
I love it when a plan comes together!
What a great story — thanks for posting it!
Kidnapping must be a very difficult profession — particularly when the US Army puts all these obstacles in the way of a man just trying to make a dishonest living. I can’t imagine the stress they must be under: it must be terrible. These kidnappers deserve a long, all-expenses-paid vacation at Uncle Sam’s expense.
Gitmo is the perfect place for a kidnapper’s holiday: long, sun-soaked hours on a Carribbean island paradise, five-star cage accommodation, award-winning cuisine, designer orange wardrobe, and countless hours of aquatic sports like waterboarding.
Paradise on earth! They’ll forget all about their 72 virgins once they visit Gitmo.
God bless our servicemen.
Only if seeking an abortion.
It’s great to read of the positive things happening in Iraq. Thanks for posting.
Did this make the headlines in your home town newspaper?
I put it to test recently. Some friends and I were in my backyard hanging by the pool drinking beer and the cable company guys jumped my backyard fence. I took after them like a rabid dog and barked them off my property. They called the police. The police arrived 15 minutes later, walked up my driveway, and then opened my back wooden gate and started to come into my backyard. I jumped up and met them at the gate and asked to see their warrant. They said they had none and I told them they had to get off my property. I walked the police all the way out to the front of my house and told them they can stay on the sidewalk but come no further. They knew I was drunk and they would have loved to taken me down. But I had the 4th amendment on my side and they knew it, and I knew it, and they knew I knew it. This was in Houston, TX.
Today our brave men and women continued their valiant effort to stop the barbaric terrorists from their dastardly work. Our men and women killed and captured hundreds of these subhumans who were engaged in unspeakable acts of torture, murder, rape, and sabotage. In most cases, the cowardly terrorists ran and hid behind innocent women and children. Our brave men and women were supported by many brave Iraqis who despise the barbarian terrorists. Our contractors also continued to provide incredible support to our military, diplomatic staff, and foreign diplomats. Today was proclaimed another “Thank god for America” day.
Meanwhile on the homefront, the despicable dims continued their drumbeat of “down with America, despise for our brave men and women, and support of the Iraqi freedom fighters.” However, our President remained steadfast in his determination to protect the country from the barbarians and criticized the loathsome dims for mixing politics with the vital role of protecting our country.
Wow, great story Thanks!
And this Iraqi/American story...Fantastic; and our Soldiers in Iraq are thanked every day by Iraqis for being there protecting them and us.
“They knew I was drunk and they would have loved to taken me down.”
That’s a crime on your own property?
And what gave the cable people the idea they could run through your property, especially when you were right there with other people?
Strange times we live in...
I wonder when the ACLU will ask if the soldiers had a search warrant?
No it's not a crime, but it did give me a smart mouth to which they would have loved to have hand cuffed me and taken me down. That was to point of me saying I had been drinking. If wasn't for the 4th amendment, the police would have hog whipped me just for pleasure, but they knew they were on my property without a warrant. The 4th amendment works.
"And what gave the cable people the idea they could run through your property, especially when you were right there with other people?"
The cable runs underground along the easement. They have access when ever they want to the easement.
Go! All American division.
Great article. Thanks for posting it!
That brought tears of joy to my eyes. It should be played on all TV networks and published in every paper in America. Of course, I know it won't be. It's so gratifying to know that locals are starting to roll over on people they know are working with the enemy. God Bless our troops, and may He protect them and continue to reveal the whereabouts of the enemy!
>> When the Soldiers burst through the door, ...
>> [told he was being] rescued, the shop owner hugged and kissed him.
>> Thank you America! he exclaimed.
Quite different than the stories about midnight rampages described by some in Congress.
That makes me get all teary eyed.
Our troops are just fantastic. Love them all.
What they will say, and the demonrats as well, is that this guy would not have been in any danger if the US wasn't there in the first place.
WE are the reason things have deteriorated to this point, don't you know.
I remember seeing a video of American Forces rescuing some Italian hostages. The looks on their faces was indescribable.
Thank you America! he exclaimed
He is not thanking Democrats.
just the rest of us.
this is exactly why we must never let a Democrat have any Government position.
Someone in the PR Dept in the Green Zone ought to have this guy on the Iraqi evening news repeating his rescue story.