On January 20, 2007 terrorists struck the Karbala, Iraq Provincial Headquarters. In a well planned attack, English speaking insurgents in American uniforms killed Captain Brian Freeman. Four others, First Lt Jacob Fritz, Spec Johnathan Chsim, PFC Shawn Falter and Private Johnathan Millican were abducted, tortured and executed. Six months later U.S. forces captured Ali Musa Daqduq in Basra, Iraq. Daqduq, a senior Hezbollah leader was alleged to have been the mastermind behind the Karbala attack. It is believed that Daqduq and other Hezbollah members were in Iraq to train Shiite militia.
The custody of Daqduq posed a dilemma for the Obama administration. The U.S. negotiated with Iraq to retain custody of Daqduq, but in the haste to withdraw from the war, he was turned over to Iraq in December, 2011. An Iraqi court ordered Daqduq released on May 7th due to insufficient evidence. Daqduq’s confession to American interrogators was not allowed as evidence in the trial.
With Daqduq set to walk away scott-free from his crimes, Congressman Allen West penned a letter to President Obama. Read it here.
Other members of Congress have been critical of the Obama administration for turning Duqduq over to the Iraqis. They believe that since Duqduq is Lebanaese, he could have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay and tried there without violating any agreements made with the Iraq government.
The widow of Captain Freeman has spoken out:
The wife of an Army captain killed in Iraq says that she feels only “sadness” and “shock” that the jihadist behind the vicious attack was cleared of charges — and could be freed by an Iraqi court in the coming days.
Charlotte Freeman told FoxNews.com this morning, “It was like a pit (opening) inside of me,” when she learned Wednesday night that Ali Musa Daqduq had been cleared May 7 of masterminding the operation that felled Capt. Brian Freeman in 2007.
“I briefly read it and couldn’t read on. I couldn’t go there,” she said. “It wasn’t like he was dying again. It was more shock that these people get away with what they do. There’s no justice. It’s amazing and shocking to me that someone who did what he did could go free.”
If indeed Ali Musa Daqduq returns to Lebanon, is there any doubt that he will continue his terrorist adventures? I think he will unless he soon meets his own violent end. That tends to happen to terrorists.