The Hunt for Foreign Terrorists in Western Iraq

(Weekly Standard) Christian Lowe - From early April until mid-May, coalition special forces operated out of a compound called H-1 on the grounds of a captured Iraqi air base in western Iraq. Commando teams from the 5th Special Forces group, British and Australian Special Air Service, and CIA special tactics teams operated in the western desert along Highway 12, the main road between Baghdad and Syria. According to Army soldiers who administered the camp for the commandos, the prison at H-1 held as many as 250 captives - nearly all of them foreign terrorists from Iran, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, hailing from groups including Hamas, Hizballah, and Islamic Jihad. The soldiers even reported capturing al-Qaeda members.

2003-10-02 00:00:00

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