Chalabi Backers Arrested
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Chalabi Backers Arrested for Looting
uploaded 24 Apr 2003
American troops arrested fighters of Ahmed Chalabi's
U.S.-backed Iraqi National Congress yesterday after
they were found looting abandoned homes of former members
of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Fighters of the group have been caught repeatedly while
looting homes in an enclave in Baghdad where members
of Saddam's Baath party lived, said U.S. Army Staff
Sgt. Bryce Ivings, of Sarasota, Fla.
Yesterday, soldiers from A Company, 3rd Battalion,
7th Infantry Regiment, detained four suspected looters
dressed in the group's desert camouflage uniforms and
carrying rocket-propelled grenades, Ivings said. The
men, who did not speak English, were taken to a prisoner-of-war
Less than an hour later, another patrol found four
other fighters — in uniform, but unarmed —
carrying away china, glassware and clothing from empty
houses, said Sgt. Jason Letterman. They were not held,
but were told to cease looting.
"They said they were only stealing from houses
belonging to Saddam's bodyguards," Letterman said.
"We told them we can't let them steal stuff from
Some of the self-styled "Free Iraqi Forces"
were trained, uniformed and brought to Iraq by the U.S.
military to help U.S. troops. They are the military
wing of the U.S.-backed Iraqi National Congress led
by Chalabi, an exile who enjoys strong support from
In Washington, U.S. law enforcement officials said
stolen art and artifacts looted from Iraq's museums
have begun to move on worldwide markets. The Customs
Service at the U.S. border has stopped at least two
pieces of art believed to have been stolen.
Customs officials declined to comment on the investigation.
And the FBI's stolen art department has begun to pick
up information from contacts in an elite group of international
buyers and sellers specializing in Mesopotamian, Asian
and Middle Eastern art.
Lynn Chaffinch, manager of the FBI's art theft program,
said several contacts have reported hearing about priceless
items being transported across Middle Eastern countries.
Source: Toronto Star
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