Saturday, July 23, 2005

Michael Yon in the Devil's Foyer

Michael Yon has some great stuff about a major IP coup. When asked about it, all they would say was "Hello". He didn't show their pictures for obvious reasons. Read the whole thing. The pictures he does show are great. Here's an excerpt:

Separately, in an undercover operation, the Iraqi police detained four men whose kidnapping cell had abducted the 28-year-old wife of a Mosul journalist. This group was known to behead their victims, holding the world vicariously hostage with their crude cinemtography. This raid was interesting; information had recently come in that the terrorists were plotting to kill a journalist here in Mosul, and some officers believed the target was me. There is an interesting aside about a spy that Deuce Four detained who was actively trying to persuade me to visit what he described as a "safe" place in Iraq. While he is now in Abu Ghirab, I am still with Deuce Four, both of us "safe" for the moment.

[For the record: If I am ever captured and seen on television telling the world that America is evil, I am lying.]
[Ed: comment by Michael Yon.]

The apparent target of these four assassins was the Iraqi journalist whose wife was kidnapped and later rescued by the Iraqi police. And now those same kidnappers were nabbed by a police force that has little difficulty extracting information from people. I heard one American captain at the police station say that the kidnappers were “singing like birds.” That night, the Iraqi police shared information about a gigantic weapons cache, and hours later they joined elements of Deuce Four in a raid on that target.

7/23/2005 12:42 AM

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At Monday, July 25, 2005 3:04:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

JJ, the dark humour of your last comment aside, I think we must assume that anyone who makes recorded statements with hooded men standing behind is under duress. Are those people so stupid as to think it gives validity to their cause to have a threatened prisoner speaking under immenent danger? Apparently so, and if anyone actually believes them they are even dumber.

As an aside, yup that Mr Anonymous in the hood, impressive guy, charismatic leader who by hiding shows the courage of his convictions

At Tuesday, July 26, 2005 5:12:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

I can't claim credit for the dark humor. It is Michael Yon's comment. He's a little more likely to be in that situation than I am. I am just incredibly impressed by the guy -- and also by the Iraqi Police in this case. If they are making this kind of progress things are looking up.


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