For the most part – if not the entire time – that the assault charges against the three Navy SEALs dragged on, most of us focused on the fact that Ahmed Hashim Abed is behind the killings at Fallujah in 2004 to fuel our desire to call for the exoneration of the SEALs who successfully hurdled the first step towards bringing justice to his victims.
If that knowledge alone sparked anger in the hearts of the American people over how the SEALs were treated by their own leadership, a report on The Washington Times shares even more disturbing information about the suspect Ahmed Hashim Abed that would have added to the already strong emotions of the public.
Trial testimony and an intelligence report allegedly revealed that there is more to Abed than just Fallujah – which, incidentally, he denied having been involved in. In addition to being accused of masterminding the killing of four Blackwater contractors and dragging their charred bodies in the streets before hanging them in a bridge over the Euphrates, he is also said to have committed a series of killings – beheadings included – as an Al Qaeda operative in western Anbar province.
He is also said to be responsible for recruitment, weapons trafficking, ambushes and attacks using improvised explosive devices.
In the post-capture report of the SEAL team who finally nabbed him in September last year, it was indicated that Abed had on him a loaded pistol, five IDs, a passport – and US $6,000 in cash.
Neal Puckett, lawyer for Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe, shares: “We had a high-level SEAL commander testify as to all of the allegations that were still pending against this guy, and why he was a target and why they went out to get him on an Iraqi arrest warrant. Most of it had to do with all the crimes against the Iraq people. He was responsible for I don’t know how many different deaths of Iraqis, in addition to the Fallujah incident.”