WASHINGTON (AP) – US Forces rescued 41 Iraqi civilians Sunday from an al-Qaida hide- out northeast of Baghdad, Â including some who showed signs of torture and broken bones, a senior U.S. official said.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said it was the largest number of detained Iraqis ever found in a single al-Qaida hide-out. Some among the 41 had been held as long as four months, he said. Details were incomplete, but Caldwell said some of the freed Iraqis were being transported to medical facilities for treatment of their injuries. There were no indications that Americans had been held at the hide-out, he said. It was not immediately clear whether any al- Qaida figures were captured.
I have an open question for the leaders of Islamic countries everywhere: How can you allow Al Qaida to continue with this? They are responsible for the deaths, torture, and displacement of tens of thousands of Muslims across the world, and these aren’t Americans in the pictures of their torture manuals. Is Bin Laden the Lion of Allah, or the barking dog of devils who howl for the ummah’s doom in a sick hunt for power in the Islamic world?
I have an open question to those calling to defund the war and to the editors of the New York Times: Do you have the slightest clue what evil is?