Wa Post article "If you fight against your government, we will hunt you down and kill you"

David McDonald dbmcdonald at comcast.net
Sat Aug 9 08:17:57 MDT 2003

A little window into how the US military is conducting itself in Iraq. Note
that this comment was made to people who were just incidentally rounded up
and then released during a raid.

David McDonald

U.S. Forces Capture 4 Iraqi Suspects

The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 6, 2003; 9:01 PM

TIKRIT, Iraq - U.S. forces captured a suspected leader of Saddam Hussein's
loyalist militia and three other suspects during pre-dawn raids early
Thursday, the military said.

The suspected leader allegedly organized cells and paid and armed guerrilla
fighters for attacks on U.S. forces in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, said Lt.
Col. Steve Russell, commander of the 22nd Infantry Regiment's 1st Battalion,
which carried out the raids.

Also among those captured were two former Iraqi generals suspected of
organizing guerrilla attacks nationwide. Russell declined to name any of the

Thursday's raids resulted from a series of tips from residents who told
soldiers that the suspects had held a meeting and then helped pinpoint their
locations, Russell said.

As Apache attack helicopters circled above, about 100 soldiers backed by
four battle tanks, eight Bradley fighting vehicles surrounded a suspected
hotel, in the raid witnessed by The Associated Press. They brought 39 men
out from the building and neighboring tenements.

The soldiers questioned them and released most of them.

"If you fight against your government, we will hunt you down and kill you,"
Russell told the freed men through an interpreter.

© 2003 The Associated Press

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