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Published:March 5th, 2007 04:54 EST
Torture House Rescue

Torture House Rescue

By SOP newswire

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq " U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), Regimental Combat Team 6, rescued two victims in a torture house and discovered a chemical storage facility near Karmah, 10 km northeast of Fallujah.

Soldiers freed the two bound and gagged civilians held in a complex 60 km west of Baghdad. One victim, later identified as an Iraqi policeman, had been shot while the other had been hanged and beaten.

Both victims were alive and immediately air evacuated by Coalition Forces to Camp Taqqadum Surgical for treatment.

The terrorists, identified as al Qaeda in Iraq by one of the victims, were filming the torture sessions and apparently left the two hostages alone to get more videotape.


Our Paratroopers saved a local Iraqi citizen and an Iraqi policeman from further torture and certain death, " said Maj. Paul Edgar, battalion executive officer. We were glad to have the opportunity to help these Iraqi patriots. They are our brothers and the leaders in the common fight for security. "

The storage facility appears to have been a waypoint for smuggling. The storage facility included 1.1 million pounds of aluminum sulfate, 28,800 liters of formaldehyde, and 226 kg of sugar. While these chemicals alone seem benign, anti-Iraqi forces have combined these with other common ingredients in the past to make homemade
explosives.

The chemical materials were destroyed on site by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel.

Soldiers freed the two bound and gagged civilians held in a complex 60 km west of Baghdad. One victim, later identified as an Iraqi policeman, had been shot while the other had been hanged and beaten.

Both victims were alive and immediately air evacuated by Coalition Forces to Camp Taqqadum Surgical for treatment.

The terrorists, identified as al Qaeda in Iraq by one of the victims, were filming the torture sessions and apparently left the two hostages alone to get more videotape.


Our Paratroopers saved a local Iraqi citizen and an Iraqi policeman from further torture and certain death, " said Maj. Paul Edgar, battalion executive officer. We were glad to have the opportunity to help these Iraqi patriots. They are our brothers and the leaders in the common fight for security. "

The storage facility appears to have been a waypoint for smuggling. The storage facility included 1.1 million pounds of aluminum sulfate, 28,800 liters of formaldehyde, and 226 kg of sugar. While these chemicals alone seem benign, anti-Iraqi forces have combined these with other common ingredients in the past to make homemade explosives.

The chemical materials were destroyed on site by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel.

Multi-National Corps " Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342