Almost one year after the so-called withdrawal of American military troops, the security situation in Baghdad has not improved. Families are living in fear because of a dramatic increase in the number of cases of child abduction. These kidnappings have different aims. Some are meant to finance terrorist groups. But Iraqi children are also abducted for the very lucrative trafficking of human organs.
It’s not only about selling girls (and boys) for sexual pleasure.Rather, it’s about selling human organs, or using the kidnapped girls for pregnancy purposes to sell the new born babies in the International market.
In the meantime these orphans are being kidnapped by human traffickers and sold for their organs. Some of them are abducted by terrorist groups and forced to work for them.
Kidnapping is also a common tactic in American counterinsurgency warfare.The reputation of the U.S. Army School Of the America’s (SOA) was permanently stained after the 1996 declassification of several of its training manuals. The manuals provided documented evidence that SOA instructors had taught and advocated methods of torture, extortion, kidnapping, and execution in the counterinsurgency wars.The Pentagon claimed that the manuals contained only isolated “objectionable” passages, and continued a long pattern of denial by arguing that the manuals had not been properly cleared and did not represent U.S. government policy. Given the historical record, those denials were not credible.
Dictator Hugo Banzer of Bolivia, who took power in a bloody coup;Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine general and member of the “dirty war” junta in the 1980s;Roberto d’Aubuisson, leader of Salvadoran death squads;General Efraín Ríos Montt, overseer of massacres of indigenous peasants as dictator in Guatemala;Chilean Miguel Krassnoff, DINA officer and torturer;the list goes on.
Since 2003 Iraqis have been terrorized by child kidnaps, because the US invaders deliberately organized chaos and lawlessness by disbanding the Iraqi army and police.
January 23, 2011A special force of Iraqi police in Basra province freed five children from a gang that kidnapped children and sold their organs if their parents could not pay the ransom.Police arrested all 12 suspected members of the gang last week, of which several were wanted on previous terrorism charges.Security officials said the two female members of the gang were responsible for kidnapping the children as they left school or while they played in the street.Security officials said the two female members of the gang were responsible for kidnapping the children as they left school or while they played in the street.'The gang members would sell the child's organs and then throw him in the street'Lt. Col. Kamal Ayesh of the major crimes unit of Basra provincial police said the police command worked for more than two months following the gang members and analyzing information from intelligence services and citizens before arresting the suspects."The criminals kidnapped children after collecting information on their parents' financial state and then would negotiate the amount of money the parents would pay in exchange for the release of the children," Ayesh told Mawtani..Two female members of the gang would kidnap children while they played in the streets. [Kareem Raheem / Reuters]
."If a family could not pay the ransom, the gang members would sell the child's organs and then throw him in the street or send him outside Iraq to a neighboring country in what amounts to a kind of human trafficking."The gang members took up headquarters in the Dair sub-district, 60 kilometers north of the city of Basra. Police obtained important information from eyewitnesses and intelligence sources to locate the hideout, which was a house surrounded with palm trees and a high fence.Ayesh said a special police force stormed the house on February 18th and liberated five children below the age of six "who were in a debilitated condition"."We found the children inside a dark, humid dungeon, which was the basement of the house. They were in an extremely rundown condition, suffering from malnutrition, because for many days they had not had healthy food or drink."Ayesh said all the gang members were detained and taken to the police station for interrogation, and all the children were returned to their families.During the operation, police found weapons, pills used to drug the children, three cars and 134 million dinars in ransom money from previous kidnappings.Members of the gang were wanted on previous terrorism charges"When terrorist groups go bankrupt and are about to break down, they turn to becoming gangs involved in crimes, killing, drug trafficking and theft. This end has been repeated by all terrorist groups," al-Salem told Mawtani.He said the gang had kidnapped a total of 17 children from Basra, of which three had been killed for their organs.Ali al-Ghanem, chairman of the Basra security and defense committee, said this gang represented the most serious threat to the security and safety of children."Today, with their arrest, the rest of the terrorist networks and gangs that follow the same path will fall," al-Ghanem told Mawtani. "Police are moving quickly and successfully, and we shall succeed in ending the crime of kidnapping children once and for all."At the home of Falah Hameed in Basra, the family is still receiving visitors offering congratulations on the return of five-year-old Haider, who was among the children freed on Friday."My son was kidnapped three weeks ago and the kidnappers asked for a huge ransom which I could not pay. We thought we were not going to see Haider again," Hameed said."Were it not for the constant police efforts, we would not have been able to hug Haider again."