BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Just three hours after a newly captured detainee told them the location of three Christian aid workers, coalition troops on Thursday rescued the men who had been held hostage since November.
British Defense Secretary John Reid said British troops "spearheaded" the rescue operation. The U.S. military confirmed that U.S. special forces took part and said the operation was continuing and coalition forces were looking to gather further intelligence from the house where the men were held.
"I am delighted that now we have a happy ending in this terrible ordeal," British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in announcing the rescue.
The hostages were shown as prisoners in several videos, the most recent a silent clip dated February 28 in which Loney, Kember and Sooden appeared without Fox.
The previously unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigades claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Thursday's military operation "follows weeks and weeks of very careful work by our military and coalition personnel in Iraq and many civilians as well," Straw said.
These individuals were there as 'christian peace advocates' protesting the war and were seized along with a fouth member of their group who was found weeks back bound and riddled with gunshot wounds after being tortured. You'd think that the organization that sent them there would be grateful to the british and US forces who risked their own lives and put forth so much effort to locate the hostages. You might think that but you'd be dead wrong. The Christian Peacemaker Teams who had sent the men there released a statement today on their website. In it, they insinuate that the hostages were released by their captors, making no mention whatsoever about the role the americans and british forces played in rescuing them. This is not to say that the men and women of our armed forces weren't mentioned in the statement however, referred to repeatedly as illegal occupiers who the CPT blames for kidnappings in the first place. These ungrateful fuckers then conclude their bullshit statement with religious claptrap about loving their enemies and resisting evil. They might want to ration that love of theirs because when you praise the people who do you evil and condemn those that aid you, all you're going to have is a fuckload of enemies in the end.
"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also."
-Luke, Chapter 6, Verse 29
Now, maybe Jesus would forgive these wankjobs and tell us all to turn the other cheek in this situation. Frankly, my solution is far simplier. I saw we take these hippie mother fuckers and toss them back into the hands of the terrorists and see how they like torture and beheading. It was a mistake to rescue these ungrateful sacks of shit and I think we should let the next batch just die.