Police sought in mass kidnapping in Baghdad

Warrants are out for those thought to be involved, and their identity may surprise you.

Alex Koppelman
November 15, 2006 2:01AM (UTC)

You'd hope that in any situation that called for arrests to be made, it would be the police doing the arresting, not being arrested. But as if the news out of Baghdad -- where as many as 150 men were kidnapped in one fell swoop -- weren't bad enough today, there's more: The only warrants out thus far are for the police commander responsible for the area and several other officers and leaders.

The police aren't being accused of playing a role in the kidnapping, but they are, apparently, under investigation for what role their negligence may have played. It's just one more story in a string of disheartening news about the Iraqi police, who have been plagued by insurgents in their ranks and a staggeringly high death rate.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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