November 12, 2004

French Hostages' Syrian Driver Liberated

More benefits from the Fallujah invasion. One of the hostages that was freed yesterday (earlier report here) turned out to be the Syrian driver of the two French hostages that have been missing since August. What is so interesting about this is that the French hostages were taken by the Islamic Army in Iraq, a Shia terrorist organization which operates in the south of Iraq. Fallujah is a Sunni stronghold and said to be the base of operations for Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq. More evidence that terrorists are willing to set aside sectarian differences for the sake of a common goal. Xposed:

A Syrian man found handcuffed in a house in Fallujah is the driver who was taken hostage with two French journalists by militants in August, U.S. military officials said Friday.

Mohammed al-Joundi, discovered late Thursday by U.S. Marines sweeping through the city, told military officials he had been separated from the journalists about a month ago, Marine Capt. Ed Bitanga said.

There have been no signs of journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, a U.S. military spokesman said. The trio disappeared Aug. 20 on a trip to the holy city of Najaf.

"We can confirm that the driver of the two French hostages has been rescued," the spokesman said....

At one point, al-Joundi was blindfolded and interrogated by his captors in a room where he saw a black flag with crossed swords, Bitanga said.

The driver also said he saw several other hostages being held, including two Czech nationals - one of whom was injured. He did not specify how many others he saw.

The hostage said he doesn't know what happened to the two Frenchmen after he was separated from them, Bitanga said.

Hat tip: James

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:09 AM | Comments |