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Friday, January 27, 2006

Is the US using Iraqi women to fight insurgents?

Blog Editor's Note: Imagine how we would feel if an Iraqi captured American soldiers' wives to force them to leave Iraq. This may put add a new angle to motives behind the Jill Carroll kidnapping.

From the Associated Press via MSNBC

Suspected insurgents' spouses jailed to force husbands to surrender

The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of “leveraging” their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.

In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby, a U.S. intelligence officer reported. In the case of a second detainee, one American colonel suggested to another that they catch her husband by tacking a note to the family’s door telling him “to come get his wife.”

The issue of female detentions in Iraq has taken on a higher profile since Jill Carroll kidnappers seized American journalist on Jan. 7 and threatened to kill her unless all Iraqi women detainees are freed.

The U.S. military on Thursday freed five of what it said were 11 women among the 14,000 detainees currently held in the 2½-year-old insurgency. All were accused of “aiding terrorists or planting explosives,” but an Iraqi government commission found that evidence was lacking.

Complete article at:
How U.S. used Iraqi wives for ‘leverage’

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