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.
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