Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Part of What the American Presence Means

As President Bush prepares to address Congress and the Nation and, presumably, reiterate his intent to escalate the Iraq war, comes this release from CentCom --

Earlier this week, American and Iraqi forces conducting clearing operations in southern Baghdad stumbled on an Iraqi kidnap victim. The man, handcuffed and "noticeably tortured", was found in the cellar of a Baghdad home being searched in connection with anti-insurgent activity. Soldiers reported finding remnants of torture activity in the basement, leading them to conclude the location was routinely used for that purpose. In addition to the rescued prisoner, the troops found numerous caches of arms, as well as nine corpses of murder victims. They detained seven suspects.

According to officials, the kidnap victim said that he was targeted because he sold bread to American troops.

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