While many of us spent yesterday with family and friends and celebrated the meaning of Christmas… many of our fellow Americans continued to work in the War on Terror to help rid the world of evil.
BAGHDAD – Coalition Forces captured the suspected leader of a murder and kidnapping cell during operations Dec. 25 near Baghdad. The suspect is allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of an Iraqi Army soldier as well as the kidnapping and murder of other Iraqi civilians in the area. During operations, Coalition Forces detained four additional persons for questioning. There was minimal damage done to objective. There were no Iraqi civilian or Coalition Forces casualties.
And for those of you who (like James Baker) who think the USA should negotiate with the Iranians….
The Bush administration said on Monday the arrest in Iraq of alleged Iranian provocateurs, including two diplomats, underscored U.S. concerns about “meddling” amid rising U.S.-Iranian strains.U.S.-led forces detained the Iranians during operations “against those planning and plotting attacks against multinational forces, Iraqi forces and Iraqi citizens,” the State Department said.
“In the course of those operations, multinational forces recently picked up groups of individuals involved in these kinds of activities, including Iranians operating inside Iraq,” it said.
U.S. military and civilian officials in Baghdad and Washington did not respond to questions about any evidence the arrested Iranians were plotting attacks.
“We suspect this event validates our claim about Iranian meddling,” said Alex Conant, a White House spokesman, “but we want to finish our investigation of the detained Iranians before characterizing their activities.”
The War on Terror continues no matter what the season.