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Iraq: Many Al Qaeda jihadists fled out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

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Up to 500 Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists and criminals fled of the Baghdad Central Prison in Iraq by a violent break-out, among them are several senior Al Qaeda terrorists and former heads of affiliated terrorist groups. The Al Qaeda terrorists and Islamists were able to flee from the Baghdad Central Prison (formerly known as Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison / سجن أبو غريب‎) in Iraq with the help of a military-style raid by an armed group.

The manhunt is still underway in Iraq for more than 400 of convicts, among them are very dangerous criminals and senior Al Qaeda terrorists. It is to assume that this violent break-out from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison (now the Baghdad Central Prison) was also made possible by an inside job.

According to a senior member of the security and defence committee in the Iraqi parliament, the number of the escaped inmates has reached finally about 500, while the most of them, as it was explained by Hakim Zamili, senior member of Iraq`s security and defence committee, were convicted senior members of Al Qaeda and had received death sentences before their stay at the Baghdad Central Prison in Iraq.

The violent break-out in one of Iraq`s prisons was carried out in a military-style raid and with a typical schema of the terrorist group Al Qaeda. Several suicide bombers drove cares equipped with explosives into the gates of Iraq’s Baghdad Central Prison, which is located on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night. The Baghdad Central Prison, is in Abu Ghraib – a city about 30 kilometres away in the west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The Abu Ghraib Prison was established by British contractors in the 1950s.

Meanwhile, several armed terrorists have attacked the prison guards while other armed militants held the main road in front of the “Abu Ghraib prison” near Baghdad and fought against the security reinforcements that were sent from the capital. It is reported that ten policemen have lost their lives in the battles, while four armed terrorists were killed.

The clashes between the attacking terrorists who wanted to free the Al Qaeda-linked inmates and the security forces continued until the early Monday morning. Then, several military helicopters finally arrived at the Baghdad Central Prison to support the ground forces in regaining the control of the area near Baghdad.

The Iraqi security forces were able to arrest some of the prisoners afterwards but according to the Iraqi official, the rest of these Al Qaeda-affiliated criminals and terrorists are still free – and some will probably go to Syria to join the ranks of the Syrian al Qaeda offshoot – the Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front).

According to the reports, a simultaneous attack has happened on an Iraqi prison that is located in Taji (in the north of the capital, Baghdad). This simultaneous attack on the prison had a similar procedure as the attack on the Baghdad Central Prison but in contrast to this military-style raid, the security guards in Taji were able to prevent a complete break-out of inmates there. Sadly, sixteen Iraqi soldiers lost their lives in these clashes in Taji, while six armed terrorists were killed.

As stated, it is to expect that some of these Al Qaeda terrorists might go to Syria in order to join the ranks of the violent Jabhat al Nusra (al-Nusra Front) fighting the secular government of President Bashar al-Assad in the capital, Damascus. In addition, both military-style attacks on the Iraqi prisons have the smell of a so-called inside job. At least, it is certain to assume that they had support from within the prisons.

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  1. Arklight

    It passes belief that the prisons do not have traffic choke points to prevent vehicles actually reaching the gates. Geez! I’m sorry that so many Iraqi troops and prison guards lost their lives, but I’d guess that this was a far greater loss than would have been sustained, were there proper approach restrictions in place. Since these thugs are already dead men walkin’, I’d actually expect them to attempt entry into Saudi Arabia, swing across Jordan and try to get into Syria from there. From different press reports, it seems that the Iraq-Syria border is well maintained and fairly tight. The nice thing is that any of these thugs who are caught have already been sentenced to death, so if they are killed while trying to escape, there should be nothing rolling downhill on top of the Iraqi troops or border guards. For those of us who remember, there were no living al Qaida in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s tenure, nor Muslim Brothers, either.

    Thing is, with a group of 400, plus or minus, if they can find weapons, that’s about a battalion sized force, considering that they will undoubtedly pick up some volunteers, or survivors of other (failed) border crossing attempt, thus could overrun a border post, which is not (I’d guess) prepared to defend against that large a force. hmmm. A major limiting factor would be transport – – they can’t go north, because the Kurds would kill ’em on the spot, no questions asked – – it’s about 360 miles to the Syrian border, about 240 to the Saudi – – so, I’d think they would try for the Saudi border; once across, they can rest, gear up, get weapons and ammunition, plus be routed to some location in Jordan, from there into Syria.

    I wouldn’t count too much on Iraqi military interference, excepting the border patrol. It’s obvious that the Iraqis have no ready response units in being; the Iraqi military took over the American base at Taji, which was equipped for nearly any air or ground equipment in the Iraqi inventory, yet there was, apparently, considerable delay in getting helicopters airborne and on site at the prison. There must be former American bases near Baghdad, plus Iraqi air installations in the immediate vicinity, so the Iraqi military must be about on a par with – – um – – Spanish Andorra, or some such. As for the prison break being an inside job, most of them are. I’d guess that the inside men fled with the thugs. I doubt that Iraq has spent a lot of time in training its ‘security forces’. Well, that’s my opinion, anywah.

    • M K

      I dunno what I could add to your comment. It’s exactly what I think about this. Maybe somebody planned some reinforcements for the Al nusra guys in Syria to further eliminate the FSA criminals and to have a chance again against the army. Mh.

      • Canthama

        That is my view on this matter as well, reinforcement of bad people to the terrorists. Hopefully Iraq police will catch some of them before reaching the boarder, and better if they go to Jordan or KSA and start a mess there versus Syria…..

  2. Nassir



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