Ali Mussa Daqduq is a senior Hezbollah operative who confessed to the torture and murder of American soldiers in 2007. Despite a plea from several members of Congress, the Obama Administration sent Daqdug back to Iraq, where he will be released.
Hezbollah exists in order to "obliterate" Israel as one of its main goals, and receives annual funding from Iran and Syria, hundreds of millions of dollars go to this disgusting, murderous terrorist organization.
The killing occurred when militants wearing U.S. uniforms cleared several checkpoints and entered a government compound, targeting an American security team. One soldier was murdered instantly and four others were kidnapped, tortured, and later executed.
Daqduq was in Iraq solely for the purpose of "training" Iraqis to kill American Troops. This crime was well thought-out, well-coordinated and planned in advance. A case could easily be made that Daqduq deserves the death penalty, but at the very leastÂ—he should never be allowed to walk free.
Republican lawmakers wanted the alleged mastermind of the attack, Mr. Daqduq, to be held at Guantanamo Bay, but President Obama disagreed. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that Iraq gave assurances that Daqduq would remain in custody. "We've gotten a commitment from them that they would keep him incarcerated and that they would keep him in custody," Panetta said. As anticipated by many who originally raised concern, Iraq has declared that Daqduq be released immediately.
Sen. Jeff Sessions said: "...I urge the President and his team to act forcefully now. It may not be too late. With strong action we may be able to ensure that Daqduq is not released, that he is able to be tried for the murders he committed and the American soldiers he killed."
As reported by the Miami Herald, Defense spokesman Lt. Col Todd Breasseale at the Pentagon said Daqduq "should be held accountable for his crimes. Period." Fox News reports that "a senior administration official told Fox News the U.S. strongly opposes Daqduq's acquittal, but respects the independence of the Iraqi judiciary." The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad declined to comment, as reported by the Huffington Post. What is going on in Washington? There is only one option here, that is to make sure this man is never aloud to roam free again, he is a Hezbollah senior official, he tortured U.S. soldiers, he is a murderer.
One of the men killed, Captain Freeman, was working with Iraq to establish bookkeeping systems. His wife Charlotte said, "I don't think I'll ever feel complete closure. I'll miss and love him. The pain doesn't go away." These men were fathers, sons, brothers. America knows who killed these men and there is absolutely no excuse to let the mastermind go free.
Americans should be absolutely outraged and demand that Ali Mussa Daqduq is held accountable for his murderous actions.