This post was written by Connor Balough
In the fight against the Islamic State, President Obama is arming iranian-backed Shia militias with millions of dollars in aerial support and weapons arms. These militias ironically have been torturing and and killing Tens of thousands of sunni minority iraqi civilian for years, and more outrageously, American soldiers captured during the Iraqi War.
The Shia militias continue to call for death to America, and yet Obama is spending the hard earned tax dollars of working Americans to arm these fanatics.
Ahmed Kousay Altaie was an Iraqi immigrant to the US. He was so filled with patriotism after 9/11, he signed up for the army and fought in the Iraq War. He was captured during the occupation in 2007 by Shia militants from the Iranian militias, tortured, brutalized, and after months of agony, put to death.
In fact one of the bloodiest attacks in the Iraq war after the invasion was not in Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul or Baghdad. It was in the Shia dominated city of Karbala on a secure US base.
The Karbala provincial headquarters raid was carried out on January 20, 2007 by shia militia commandos, with possible Iranian involvement, on the American contingent of the Joint Security Station located within the Iraqi Police headquarters. The assault, which left five American soldiers dead and three wounded, has been called the “boldest and most sophisticated attack in four years of warfare” and is furthermore notable for being one of the few instances when militants have actually managed to capture U.S. soldiers.
The attack was perpetrated by “nine to 12 militants posing as an American security team … [who] traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles — the type used by U.S. government convoys — had American weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues, and spoke English. This was denied by the surviving soldiers. According to one Iraqi official, the militant team was led by a blond-haired man. The attack occurred as the U.S. military continued preparations to leave. About 30 U.S. troops were inside the compound at the time.
After being waved through the last of three checkpoints manned by Iraqi security forces at around 17:45, the militants parked their (at least) five SUVs near the city’s Provisional Joint Coordination Center (PJCC) main building. The attackers’ convoy divided upon arrival, with some vehicles parking at the back of the main building others parking in front. The commandos first used homemade explosive to burn the two Security Vehicles outside. Then they entered the building using fragmentation grenades in an attempt to isolate the two officers. They then stormed into a room the Americans used as a barracks room, attacking with grenades and small arms fire. Once the Soldiers in the room were isolated they proceeded to capture two U.S. soldiers, 1LT Jacob Noel Fritz and CPT Brian Scott Freeman.They pulled two more soldiers, PFC Shawn Patrick Falter and SPC Jonathan Bryan Chism out of an armored humvee at the entrance. One soldier, PVT Jonathon Miles Millican died and three were wounded when a grenade thrown by insurgents exploded in the barracks room on the first floor of the building. Three U.S. humvees were damaged by separate explosions in the raid. No Iraqi police or soldiers were injured in the raid, as the insurgents specifically targeted the American soldiers in the compound.
At approximately 18:00, the insurgents broke off the attack and left the compound with their prisoners, heading east toward neighbouring Babil province. Shortly after crossing the Euphrates River, the militants, who were then being followed by American attack helicopters, shot their four captives and abandoned five vehicles along with uniforms, equipment, and a rifle.Three soldiers were found later by Iraqi police with gunshot wounds to their chests near Bu-Alwan, a village close to Mahawil. Three were already dead (two handcuffed together in the back of one of the SUVs and the other on the ground) and the fourth showed up at nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. On the day of the attack, the U.S. military reported only that five soldiers were killed while “repelling the attack.” The full details of the attack, including the militants’ penetration of the PJCC compound and the capture of four of the five soldiers, were not released until a week later.
So why is Obama and the Military providing these arms and support? Call your Congressman and let them know that this has to stop.
DEMAND CONGRESS HALTS ALL SUPPORT FOR ANY AND ALL SHIA MILITIAS IN IRAQ. WITHOUT EXCEPTION. THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS NOT ALWAYS MY FRIEND.