Skip to comments.US releases Iraqi Shia terror group leader
Posted on 06/09/2009 10:01:57 AM PDT by lqcincinnatus
The US military has released a senior member of a deadly terror group backed by Iran that has been directly implicated in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala during a complex operation in early 2007.
Laith al Qazali was freed last weekend "as part of a reconciliation effort" as well as an attempt to secure the release of captive British hostages, according to a report in The New York Times.
Laith is the brother of Qais Qazali, the commander of the Qazali network, which is better known as the Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous. Qais Qazali was a spokesperson and senior aide to Mahdi Army leader Muqtada al Sadr. The terror group, which was part of the Mahdi Army until the spring of 2008, has received extensive financial and military support from Iran's Qods Force, the external division that backs Hezbollah and is tasked with supporting the Khomeinist Islamist revolution.
The League of the Righteous was directly implicated by General David Petraeus as being behind the January 2007 attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala as well as other high-profile terror attacks in Iraq. Five US soldiers were killed during the Karbala attack and subsequent kidnapping attempt. The US soldiers were executed after US and Iraqi security forces closed in on the assault team.
The attack on the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center was a complex, sophisticated operation. The assault team, led by tactical commander Azhar al Dulaimi, was trained in a mock-up of the center that was built in Iran. The unit had excellent intelligence and received equipment that made them appear to be US soldiers. Some of the members of the assault team are said to have spoken English.
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Oh, and we dont negotiate with terrorist either. Right. The only reason the terrorist pledged to representatives of the Iraqi prime minister to give up violence and move the group towards peaceful integration into Iraqi society is as they have done since their beginning. It is simply to gather strength to attack again. Where is Charlemagne when we need him?
history aint changed , after all they released Bill Ayers, now he teaches are kids, and his buddy Obama is president
I don’t think Bush would have done this.
we KNOW bush would not allow this . This administration is an anti-american trojan virus that needs to be destroyed and removed.
And, of course, this guy will go back to his home country and resume his former job as greeter at Walmart!!
I guess terrorists DO stick together....even the politically correct ones in the White House!
“as part of a reconciliation effort”
Wonder if General Petraeus backs this strategy too, as he did the closing of Gotmo.
Letting cold blooded American Armed Forces killers out...Doesn’t surprise me one bit from the Office of the Head Zero.
This is appalling. It’s appeasement at its worst.
Another friend of Obama lives to kill again.
Pathetic, now we are catering to them over there.
Who signed off on this? Every single one to the top. Who?
If you'd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Obama is in office. This guy is no longer a threat.
No surprising given the recent attacks in Arkansas and no response.
I DOUBT IT.
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