Wednesday, February 09, 2005

10th Mountain Division Soldiers Rescue Egyptian Hostages

From NewsWatch50, reporting conflicting accounts of the release of 4 Egyptian hostages held by terrorists in Iraq:
One account relayed to the Associated Press by one of the soldiers involved in the rescue goes like this:

Eighteen soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division were on patrol Sunday afternoon when they spotted a suspicious vehicle and gave chase with Humvees.

When the suspicious vehicle was forced to a stop, the three men inside ran, but two were captured.

In the trunk of the car, soldiers found two of the hostages, bound and gagged.

With intelligence received from the capture, U.S. forces later stormed a house in Baghdad and freed the other hostages.
On the other hand, in a story in their back pages, alJazeera claims to quote one of the hostages who says that they more or less wandered away or were freed by their captors or something (I'm not clear about how the ones in the car trunk were "freed").

Update: Multinational Force Press Release
BAGHDAD, Iraq –Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, stopped a vehicle they thought was suspicious at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 7.
When they searched the vehicle, inside the trunk, the Soldiers found two blindfolded and bound men. The men were two of four Egyptian kidnap victims, taken captive on Feb. 6.
When the vehicle first stopped, the three occupants fled the scene on foot. The Soldiers followed in pursuit, catching two. The two men caught are being held for further questioning.
Update: A first-hand account from one of the soldiers involved (including commentary on Reuters' lousy reporting) is posted at the Mudville Gazette.