This is a little unsettling.
An Iraqi military commander has deserted US forces hours after he received a full briefing on US military plans to storm the rebel-held city of Fallujah, CNN has reported.
The pool report sent to Reuters and other media from a US marine unit quoted US officers as saying the desertion of the unidentified captain, a Kurdish company commander, would not change plans to retake the city before elections scheduled for January 27.
They said they believe the officer, who commanded 160 Iraqi soldiers training with US marines at a base on the outskirts of Fallujah, was not likely to hand over battle plans to rebels in the Sunni Muslim city.
The officer disappeared on Friday morning, one day after US marine officers gave him a full briefing on the battle plans. US officers found his uniform and automatic rifles on his bed.
“This man has no known ties with Fallujah and they (the US military) don’t believe in the first instance that he is headed for Fallujah. They believe that since the captain is a Kurd, he is more likely headed up north and going home,” the report said.
“It is significant that he disappeared the morning after he had a full and detailed brief on the full battle plan for the assault on Fallujah,” it added.
A U.S. military source who wishes not to be indentified has told me that there is more to this story that we don’t know. When or if the full information will be released is unknown at this time. I am definately interested in what it could be.