The (Iraqi) Great Escape

#1
The Iraqi Great Escape. Perhaps they initially considered vaulting over a wooden camel whilst others were digging away underneath.

Does anyone think they will "invent" an American character for the inevitable film, perhaps a baseball-chucking type that spends all his time in the cooler?

From the BBC

Troops thwart Iraq prison escape


Iraqi inmates have used bits of plastic, metal and wood to dig two tunnels out of the country's main prison camps, US officials say.

One of the tunnels was 200m (600ft) long and went beyond the security fence of Camp Bucca but no-one escaped, US army spokeswoman Maj Flora Lee said.

Troops mounted an extensive search after finding dirt in the toilets and other places in the compound, she said.

Camp Bucca, near the southern town of Umm Qasr, holds over 6,000 inmates.

The attempted jailbreak was extremely elaborate, another US spokesman said.

He said it was believed that the tunnels had been dug over several weeks and prisoners had waited for poor weather and low visibility before trying to make an escape.

A shovel cut from a water container was said to have been used to dig the tunnel.

Maj Lee said the entrance to the tunnel was under a floorboard and was concealed with dirt.

"I'm not aware of any other instances where this has happened," she said.

"There have been a few other attempts at digging a tunnel, but nothing of this size."

US guards shot dead four prisoners at the jail in January after a routine search in the cells.
 
#5
suddenly dickie Attenborough's interest in Iraqi issues becomes clearly understandable! Big X is on the case...
 
#6
Maj Lee said the entrance to the tunnel was under a floorboard and was concealed with dirt.

"I'm not aware of any other instances where this has happened," she said.
If the Germans hadn't segregated Sagan in US and British compounds just before the breakout, some of the US diggers would have been amongst the 50.

Maybe Major Lee would have been aware then? What are they teaching US Ofiicers nowadays, are they all unaware that Steve McQueen tried to jump a border fence on a motorbike? Shocking
 
#7
The MP's discovered the tunnel so they did their job. The tunnel kept the tango's occupied so that was also a good thing. They will no doubt try again. At least it wasnt a repeat of Koje-do.
 
#8
tomahawk6 said:
The MP's discovered the tunnel so they did their job. The tunnel kept the tango's occupied so that was also a good thing. They will no doubt try again. At least it wasnt a repeat of Koje-do.
But if the MPs had watched "The Great Escape" every bank holiday like the Brits do the prisoners wouldn't have dug more than a few feet before being rumbled. Have they been warned about vaulting horses too ?
 

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