On July 23rd the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) launched a well-planned and probably rehearsed raid on the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. The ISI staged out in the desert prior to the attack with dozens of vehicles. This is the same organization that US Special Operations was fighting prior to our departure from Iraq.
In this screen capture taken from ISI footage of the lead up to the attack, you should note the technicals and the heavy machine gun mounted in the back of the flatbed truck. After the attack on the prison, ISI announced that they killed 120 police officers in their assault, which included suicide bombers and VBIEDs, another type of suicide bomb which uses a human being for target vectoring. The Iraqi government reports a much smaller number of slain policemen, putting their number at 29. One way or the other, the prison raid was successful and managed to free around 500 prisoners. I fear for the Iraqi people knowing what kind of whackjobs we policed up in Iraq that are now back on the streets.
Still, most of us in Special Forces knew that those we captured would be released anyway. If not an ISI raid, some corrupt judge would set them loose eventually, or they would be released in some under-the-table political deal that GOI (Government of Iraq) would probably cut with ISI.
Days later came another prison break in the Middle East, this one in a location that has been covered in depth on this website. You got it, Benghazi. One report came that local people raided the Koyfiya prison because they didn’t want it near their neighborhood. This sort of spontaneous do-gooder social action sounds on the surface about as ridiculous as a anti-Islam youtube video causing the attack on the US Consulate on 9/11/12, but that’s just this author’s opinion…