April 16, 2003

CLOSING THE CIRCLE:

'Buried alive in a concrete grave' (Nick Parker, April 16, 2003, Times of London)
BRITISH troops were racing against time last night to free prisoners believed to have been buried alive by Saddam Hussein’s fleeing henchmen.

Army engineers were called in after British officers heard scratching beneath a wrecked statue of Saddam in al-Faw. Local people said they had seen two coachloads of prisoners being sealed into a secret chamber under the site.

Hundreds of Iraqis kept a vigil yesterday as engineers with pneumatic drills and a bulldozer worked to break through a yard of concrete believed to have been poured into a stairwell leading to the dungeon.

Several British troops said they had heard a response after they stopped digging, called for quiet and knocked on the ground.

The sound of a series of scratching noises has been distinct at least twice since work started on Monday afternoon.


You can't help but notice the parallel to the digging for hoped-for survivors of the WTC attack. Another reminder that the war on Iraq was the war on terror. May these survive. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2003 10:48 AM
Comments

I can't find any updates to this story. Did they find anything?

Posted by: RC at April 17, 2003 9:44 AM
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