By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Remember Abu Ghraib, that notorious Iraqi prison where US guards took pictures of Iraqi prisoners. Well, the prison is in the news again.
On Sunday and on into Monday a full scale prison break - actually, a full scale military assault on a relatively secure facility - led to the escape of 500 highly dangerous prisoners, all from al Qaeda and almost all convicted and sentenced to death. All of the prisoners were al Qaeda leaders.
The Abu Ghraib prison break took place simultaneously with another
prison break, in Taji, 20 miles north of Baghdad.
The Abu Ghraib operation was very well planned and executed.
Two suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives into the gates of the prison blowing them open. Another two suicide bombers, on foot, detonated their explosives killing themselves thereby allowing the prisoners to escape. Mortars and RPGs were used to destroy the towers and attack the guards.
Other al Qaeda forces were positioned to prevent US reinforcements from entering the prison. As the battle ensured 500 Al Qaeda prisoners escaped. Control was not restored until Monday. A handful of escapees were recaptured, the rest are long gone.
There are two immediate ramifications from the prison breaks.
Number one, these people will be used to alter the momentum in the now Shiite-led Iraq. Number two, these daring escapes will motivate more al Qaeda forces to enter Syria in order to try and defeat Assad.
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