Iraq Releases American-Murdering Hezbollah Terrorist

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After the attack ended, the insurgents returned to their vehicles and sped off with four American soldiers as hostages, where their executed bodies were later found 25 miles away in and around several abandoned SUVs.

According to the American military account, two of the US soldiers were found handcuffed together in the back of one of the SUVs with gunshot wounds to the head. A third soldier was found on the ground dead with the fourth soldier lying mortally wounded nearby.

A few months later in March 2007, Daqduq, along with Qais al-Khazali, his brother Layith Khazali and other members of the assassination team, was captured by US forces in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

It should be noted that in June 2009, the Obama administration released both Qais al-Khazali and his brother Layith in what was widely believed part of a negotiated hostage exchange for five Iranian-held British hostages captured in 2007.

The Bush administration had refused to negotiate their release given Iran was continuing to coordinate terrorist operations against American forces in Iraq as well as aiding Taliban and al-Qaeda operations against American forces in Afghanistan.

The Obama White House, however, insisted the prisoner release was not tied to the British hostages but rather to further an “Iraqi reconciliation effort”with AAH, a version of events contracted by Iraqi government officials who noted that prisoner exchange negotiations had indeed taken place.

Perhaps not surprisingly, two weeks after the release of the Khazali brothers, the corpses of two of the British hostages were dropped off at the British Embassy in Baghdad. While a third hostage was released in December 2009, the whereabouts of the remaining two British hostages remain unknown.

Yet, while the Khazali’s were free to resume plying their terrorist trade, Daqduq remained in custody at America’s Camp Cropper prison in Iraq, his fate being debated over the course of two administrations.

While the Bush administration had wanted to try Daqduq in a US criminal court, the terms of the 2008 status-of-forces security agreement required the consent of the Iraqi government to transfer individuals into or out of the country. So, in an effort to not jeopardize the agreement by insisting on his extradition to the United States, Daqduq’s fate was handed off to the Obama administration.

For its part, the Obama White House wanted to prosecute Daqduq in a military commission on US soil, but Republicans wanted him prosecuted before a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Yet, the Obama administration rejected that point having said a trial at Guantanamo Bay would not be an option given the administration’s decision to not permit new detainees to be sent to the detention facility and “add to its population.”

In either case, the argument was made moot given that the Shiite-dominated government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to allow Daqduq taken out of the country to stand trial, a refusal stemmed in part by reports that the Iranians and Lebanese had been in contact with the Iraqi government to secure Daqduq’s release once the US had left Iraq.

Unfortunately, that release has now been secured by an Iraqi court, a decision which will allow Ali Musa Daqduq to once again ply his murderous trade.

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  • Oren

    Drone his ass…..

  • mrbean

    Just kill him and make it look like an accident. Problem solved.

  • RiverFred

    Have an armed drone ready and standing by when he is released.

  • jewdog

    Iraq is now an essential Iranian ally, thanks to our efforts. The Iraq invasion should have sought to carve out Islam-free zones, not democratic fantasy zones.

    • SAM000

      Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki is an Al-Quods member, he participated on Koweit US Embassy bombing of 1998 were 5 Americans were killed.
      USA installed and backed his lethal enemy in IRAQ.
      Unbelievable, 9 years of war and investment on money and human life to install ANTI-HUMAN enemy on the richest energy source of the world!!!
      What is the logic behind?

  • dougjmiller

    This is sickening.We've freed Iraq from a violent, authoritarian dictatorship. We've helped them rebuild a devastated nation. We've helped them defend themselves against foreign and domestic terrorism. After all the sacrifices our troops have made, after the $10s of billions we've given them, this is how they treat us.

    • SAM000

      This is not the Iraqi people who treat you this way, Iraqi people are the greatest victim;
      Iraq is devastated, every day the BOMBS makes the tenths of victims in the heart of Baghdad.
      The only region of Iraq who are very happy and grateful is the KURDISTAN of Iraq,
      The Kurdistan of Iraq is a Autonomous province with a Kurdish government who denies the central power of Iraq, yes they are happy, US investment on bringing the democracy has worked there, but, the same US has installed and backs a PROXY of the Islamic regime of Iran in Iraq,
      The actual Iraqi government who are there from 2005 stays on power by repression and terror,
      Actually there is more than 30,000 innocent Iraqis in the Iraqi jails under the torture and all kind of anti human treatment.

  • H&R_ Barack

    In the interim, the 32 counts of attempted murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice against

    Nidal Malik Hasan for his November 5, 2009 Fort Hood mass murder of American troops continues…

    It is the worst shooting ever to take place on an American military base.

  • H&R_ Barack

    November 5, 2009.
    There were 43 casualties in the Fort Hood shooting.

    Among the 13 killed were 12 soldiers (one of whom was pregnant) and one Army civilian employee.

    Thirty others, including the shooter, were wounded and required hospitalization.

    Where is the "speedy trial"?

  • Amused

    Did anyone really expect anything different from Iraq ? A muslim nation ? The get out of jail ticket in every one of these muslim nations [ but for muslims only ] is to promise you wont do it again ……until next time . How stupid are we ?

  • Amused

    And what about the US Army ? Why would anyone allow a muslim shrink counsel our guys coming back from Iraq ?????? And what about all the warning signs ??????? Seems the Army's good at spotting gays in its ranks , but not at detecting psychotic homicidal serial killers , who flood them with warning signs . WTF!!!