There was jubilation in Great Britain when Peter Moore, who had long been held hostage by an Iran-backed terrorist group in Iraq, was released a few days ago. But for some reason, the downside of that event has gotten no attention. Bill Roggio reports:
The British are all smiles over the release of Peter Moore, a British citizen who was held hostage by an Iranian-backed Shia terror group in Iraq. But there is little talk about the price paid to secure Moore’s release. The US military has freed Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq, or League of the Righteous, as well as his brother Laith, several Qods Force officers, and more than 100 members of the terror group, in exchange for Moore. …
Qais Qazli wasn’t just some run of the mill Shia thug; his group is backed by Iran. Qazali’s men were trained by Iranian Qods Force to infiltrate and assault the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala in January 2007. Five US soldiers were killed during the kidnapping attempt. The US soldiers were executed after US and Iraqi security forces closed in on the assault team.
The attack on the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center was a complex, sophisticated operation. The assault team, led by tactical commander Azhar al Dulaimi (who was later killed by the US military), was trained in a mock-up of the center that was built in Iran. The unit had excellent intelligence and received equipment that made them appear to be US soldiers.
One hundred terrorists, plus the leaders of a dangerous group controlled by Iran, in exchange for a single hostage? We will no doubt be hearing from them again. This strikes me as one more sign of our government’s lack of seriousness when it comes to Islamic terrorism.
Via Andy McCarthy at The Corner.