a British-led military operation Thursday rescued three Westerners whose abductors had held them hostage since November,But true to form, they were somewhat ungratefull, CNN :
Christian Peacemaker Teams posted a statement on its Web site expressing joy in the hostages' release but also criticizing the U.S.-led operation in Iraq.From the BBC :
"We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq," the statement said. "The occupation must end."
The rescue had followed intelligence obtained from a detainee, the spokesman said.Abu Graib at work.
“We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit, call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained illegally by the U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq.CPT also said :
"They knew that their only protection was in the power of the love of God and of their Iraqi and international co-workers."Good that .... so is the SAS the hand of God then? The Australian on the operation :
At about 3am on Thursday the SAS commander in charge of the rescue force summoned his team at their base inside the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Defence sources told London's The Times newspaper that helicopters with reconnaissance cameras and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles were deployed. The men who spearheaded the rescue arrived in a convoy of cars disguised as local taxis and utilities.
The 25 men who burst into the two-storey building used classic hostage-rescue techniques, storming every room simultaneously to ensure no one escaped. They found the three hostages sitting bound on the floor of a ground-floor room. Their captors had fled.
No shots were fired. Less than two minutes after the rescuers entered the building, the three were on their way to freedom.