Thursday, August 12, 2010

Issa Salomi

There's an interview with Issa Salomi about his kidnapping back in January. He talks about how easily his kidnappers moved through the check points manned by Iraqi personnel. Makes you wonder how vigilant were American personnel or did they just wave cars through?

San Diego man recounts Iraq kidnapping
By Julie Watson, San Diego Union Tribune, August 12, 2010

A U.S. Army contractor kidnapped in Iraq earlier this year described how his captors easily maneuvered past Iraqi checkpoints as he was held bleeding on the floor of their car.

In his first media interview since he was freed safely in March, Issa Salomi told The Associated Press he was handed over in exchange for four militants in Iraqi detention.

Shiite extremist group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or "the League of the Righteous," claimed responsibility for his kidnapping. The group is believed to be close with Iran, and agreed last year to lay down its arms and join the Iraqi political process. Their current role is unclear.

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