Video Shows Iraqi Police Repenting

    January 28, 2008

A group with al Qaeda ties in Iraq released a video Sunday that showed two police officers repenting their past actions and turning their weapons over to insurgents.

The video featured the two men smiling and no armed insurgents were seen around as in previous videos. The group did not reveal how the men had defected or been captured or what their fate was.

“I reject the Iraqi police, which is a tool in the hands of… crusaders and infidels,” said a man dressed in a traditional Arab robe who said he was Colonel Ayad Ismail Muhaymid, and he was a former deputy police director in Diyala province according to Reuters.

“The actions to which our brothers and sisters are subjected in Interior Ministry prisons are unacceptable to God and humanity,” said a man identified as Major Hameed Hadi Hameed.

The video showed what looked like police identity cards of the men, could not be authenticated. It was uploaded on a main Web site frequently used by al Qaeda and other insurgent groups.