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November 11, 2004
Marines Free Hostages In Fallujah

In another demonstration of the need for action, a US Marine Corps contingent freed four hostages taken by terrorists in Fallujah during their efforts to eliminate the Islamofascist and Ba'ath remnants in the city:

US-led troops involved in fighting against insurgents in the Iraqi city of Falluja have found four imprisoned men believed to be Iraqi hostages. Three of the men were contractors working for the US military, a US marines spokesman said, and the fourth said he was a taxi driver.

All of the men had been beaten and starved and were wearing handcuffs. ... They were found blindfolded, handcuffed and in a locked room.

In the same building, marines found surface-to-air missiles, night-vision equipment, black uniforms, computers and a weapons cache. They also retrieved what they called anti-coalition propaganda and videotapes showing torture of hostages and weapons training.

In a moment of farce, the BBC reports that this provided the "first concrete proof" that terrorists had bases in Fallujah. I suppose the charred bodies of four American contractors dragged through the city streets last April didn't convince the Beeb, nor did having two of the bodies strung up over the Euphrates while the sick bastards in Fallajuh danced on the remains of the other two make an impact on their reporting.

If the terrorists abandoned their safehouses so quickly that they could not transport their hostages, it may indicate that they underestimated the ability of the Americans and the Iraqi forces to penetrate Fallujah. Leaving them alive may also show that their "courage" failed them once they realized a reckoning was near. We may have some hope that the bulk of the terrorists did not escape Fallujah before the hammer fell.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 11, 2004 7:16 AM

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