Friday, January 6, 2012

TELEGRAPH VIDEO: Iraqi Militia Say Sorry Over Death Of Kidnapped Briton Alan McMenemy


Anonymous said...

Just to remind you of the guy history with US.

You need to be fair when putting criminals here

Now we have them speaking of regrets? What about tens may be hundreds of crime this criminal may involve against Iraqis?

the US appears prepared to release a major figure it accuses of masterminding the killing of five American soldiers in one of the most carefully planned insurgent attacks of this war, according to Iraqi and US officials.

The release of his brother Qais al-Khazali, who heads the Iranian-backed militant group Asa'ib al-Haq and is directly linked to a lethal attack in Karbala in 2007, is expected to follow as talks progress, according to US and Iraqi officials. The officials asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Joel Wing said...

I've written about the League of the Righteous several times before.

Qais Khazali was one of top followers of Sadr's father, and helped keep the movement alive after he was executed by Saddam. After the 2003 invasion and the emergence of Moqtada, Qais became one of his top lieutenants. He was always more militant than Moqtada and split with him several times over cease-fires with the U.S. but would then return to the movement. Eventually he had a final break and got support from Iran to create the League of the Righteous. It and Hezbollah Brigades have been the main source of attacks upon U.S. forces for the last couple years, because the insurgency has mostly turned to attacking Iraqi officials and members of the security forces.

Qais was later released as part of an unofficial prisoner swap for the release of Peter Moore and the bodies of three of his bodyguards who were kidnapped by the League in 2007. He immediately went to Iran where he lives after his release.

Sadr and Maliki have both been courting Qais ever since then to try to get him to join their party, but he has rejected their overtures.