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Friday, August 26, 2005

Catch and release should be for fish not terrorists

Michael Yon is a reporter in Iraq who also writes a blog. In an entry titled, Gates of Fire, Yon tells of the heroism of Lieutenant Colonel Erik Kurilla. His entry is worth reading just for people to get an understanding of men such as LTC Kurilla.

However, the story was also very troubling because it revealed a disturbing trend in Iraq. LTC Kurilla was shot by a terrorist who had been apprehended after the mess tent bombing last year. How could that be if the guy had already been apprehended? Here's how:
The doctors rolled LTC Kurilla and the terrorist into OR and our surgeons operated on both at the same time. The terrorist turned out to be one Khalid Jasim Nohe, who had first been captured by US forces on 21 December, the same day a large bomb exploded in the dining facility on this base and killed 22 people.

That December day, Khalid Jasim Nohe and two compatriots tried to evade US soldiers, but the soldiers managed to stop the fleeing car. Then one of the suspects tried to wrestle a weapon from a soldier before all three were detained. They were armed with a sniper rifle, an AK, pistols, a silencer, explosives and other weapons, and had in their possession photographs of US bases, including a map of this base.

That was in December.

About two weeks ago, word came that Nohe's case had been dismissed by a judge on 7 August. The Coalition was livid. According to American officers, solid cases are continually dismissed without apparent cause. Whatever the reason, the result was that less than two weeks after his release from Abu Ghraib, Nohe was back in Mosul shooting at American soldiers.

LTC Kurilla repeatedly told me of terrorists who get released only to cause more trouble. Kurilla talked about it almost daily. Apparently, the vigor of his protests had made him an opponent of some in the Army's Detention Facilities chain of command, but had otherwise not changed the policy. And now Kurilla lay shot and in surgery in the same operating room with one of the catch-and-release-terrorists he and other soldiers had been warning everyone about.

When Kurilla woke in recovery a few hours after surgery, he called CSM Prosser and asked for a Bible and the book: Gates of Fire. Kurilla gives a copy of Gates of Fire to every new officer and orders them to read it. He had given me a copy and told me to read it.


Anonymous bob said...

Bill, None of us knows how to wage war anymore we expect it to be civilized. War can only be carried out if we realize that war nasty dirty business without rules.

8:01 AM


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