May 14, 2007

Al Qaeda Warns U.S. To Stop Search For Missing Soldiers

On Saturday, a U.S. patrol was ambushed near Mahmoudiya, Iraq. Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier acting as their interpreter was killed in the ambush, and three soldiers are missing. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an al Qaeda front group, is claiming responsibility for the attack, and has warned the thousands of coalition forces in the area to stop looking for the missing soldiers.

While we all obviously hope that the three missing soldiers will be recovered alive, I suspect that they were never captured alive to begin with, a sad suspicion shared at Hot Air. Knowing the fate in store for them if they did surrender--brutal torture followed by a YouTubed beheading--our soldiers would most likely fight to the death.

Because of this, I suspect al Qaeda managed a successful ambush and body thievery, but captured no living prisoners.

The al Qaeda cry to quit looking for the captured soldiers was likely issued from fears that the on-going search would further disrupt al Qaeda terrorist cells and turn up weapons caches. Thus far, two terrorists have been killed, four others wounded, and 100 people have been detained as the military sweep south of Baghdad continues.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 14, 2007 01:36 PM

I thought they wanted us to stay in Iraq. Wouldn't they want us on the streets. Al Qaeda is sending me mixed signals.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at May 14, 2007 03:54 PM

They should have been doing this a long time ago. I hate to see it came to some soldiers getting killed for them to properly search an area.

Posted by: Retired Navy at May 15, 2007 05:00 AM

So Al Qaeda wants to tell the U.S. military what to do? Okay, AQ, where are you located? Come out, come out wherever you are!

Posted by: Tom TB at May 15, 2007 07:09 AM