US Hostage Tommy Hamill Escapes In Iraq

  1. u.s. hostage tommy hamill escapes in iraq

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    baghdad, iraq - american hostage thomas hamill was found by u.s. forces south of tikrit sunday after he apparently escaped from his captors, the u.s. military said.



    hamill, 43, of macon, miss., who had been held since an attack on a convoy april 9, was "in good health," said brig. gen. mark kimmitt.



    kimmitt said u.s. military units were patrolling a petroleum pipeline when hamill, a truck driver for halliburton corp., approached and identified himself.



    "mr. hamill apparently escaped from a building," kimmitt said. "he has spoken to his family. he is now ready to get back to work."



    hamill was among seven employees of halliburton subsidiary kbr, formerly known as kellogg, brown & root, missing since an april 9 attack on their convoy west of baghdad, about 90 miles from tikrit. the bodies of four of the employees have since been found.



    hamill's wife, kellie hamill, said the call she received about 5:50 a.m. that her husband had been found alive "is the best wake up call i've ever had. there has been a lot of praying and i am so grateful to everybody."



    kellie said she had little information other than "they just told me he was ok." she said she had no idea when her husband would be returned home or when she would be able to see him.



    "i want everybody know he's been found. i'm going to be shouting it from the rooftops," she said.



    the remains of a second military man missing in the convoy attack, sgt. elmer krause of greensboro, n.c., were identified april 23, according to a statement issued by the department of defense (news - web sites).



    also kidnapped in the attack was a u.s. soldier, pfc. keith m. maupin, who was seen alive days later in video footage aired on the arab television station al-jazeera. his fate remains unknown.



    the day after his abduction, hamill's kidnappers released video footage of him standing in front of an iraqi flag. a spokesman off camera demanded that u.s. troops end their siege of the city of fallujah, where four american civilians were killed and mutilated last week.



    "our only demand is to remove the siege from the city of mosques," a spokesman said in a tape given to the al-jazeera television network. "if you don't respond within 12 hours ... he will be treated worse than those who were killed and burned in fallujah."



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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    Finally some good news over there. Thanks for posting it.


    renerian
  4. by   jnette
    So very relieved for him and his family.

    Wish all the Iraqi pows under our "care" had been treated as well as he was treated by his captors.
  5. by   manna
    The town this man is from is only about 10 miles from where I live, so the whole community has been rejoicing with this family!
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from jnette
    So very relieved for him and his family.

    Wish all the Iraqi pows under our "care" had been treated as well as he was treated by his captors.
    Jnette . . . Where was the outrage when the burned, charred bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets in Fallujah? I was going to post some photos of the charred bodies, some hanging from a bridge but it is just too gruesome.

    steph
  7. by   fergus51
    I was so happy to hear about this! I am glad this man is alive and back with his family. We need to hear good news nowadays.

    Steph, I don't know if I should say this here or not but... I know you don't really think Jnette or anyone else here wasn't horrified by the way those people were killed an mutilated. Some people have a different bar for the behavior of American soldiers, and it's set A LOT higher. I hope that came out right and I won't comment on it again.
    Last edit by fergus51 on May 5, '04
  8. by   Dr. Gonzo
    That guy is very lucky he escaped when he did because right about now with those torture pictures circulating his Iraqi captors would of torn him to bits.
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from stevielynn
    Jnette . . . Where was the outrage when the burned, charred bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets in Fallujah? I was going to post some photos of the charred bodies, some hanging from a bridge but it is just too gruesome.

    steph

    Steph, I've heard this before, believe me.

    The outrage is that WE proclaim to take the high road... that WE purport to have the morals and values we wish to bring to other "less fortunates" and those "less civilized". The outrage is that while we "expect" our enemy not to value human life and dignity as WE do... ... we have proven that hypocracy reigns supreme. The sooner we look in the mirror and acknowlege our own visiousness, sickness, and doublestandards the better off we will be.

    The outrage is that there are those who attempt to project the blame of this horrendous turn of events on anything and anybody but our own. I say we keep the blame squarely on the shoulders of those involved... all the way to to top.
    Acknowlegement of our own ugliness and faults is the first step which MUST be taken before we can ever hope to be healed and whole. To worry about what OTHERS do and/or don't do is like the spoiled child pouting "Bobby didn't clean HIS room... why am I the one getting in trouble?"

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