Iraqi Prisoners attempt "the great escape"

March 26th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country

Topic: Iraqi Prisoners attempt "the great escape"

Escape tunnel found at Iraqi prison
Head count shows all 5,600 detainees still in custody

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. troops believe they have thwarted a massive escape from one of the coalition's main prison camps in Iraq, Pentagon officials said Friday.

A 600-foot-long (183-meter) escape tunnel with an exit point outside the prison camp walls was discovered Thursday at Camp Bucca in southeastern Iraq.

The tunnel is believed to have been dug with improvised tools. Military authorities discovered it after a tip initiated a campwide search.

The tunnel is about 10 feet below ground and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Pentagon officials did not know how long the tunnel had been under construction.

Camp Bucca houses about 5,600 detainees.

That no one had used it to escape so far was verified by a head count of prisoners, which found all accounted for. But the tunnel appeared to be completed and ready to use, and officials speculate that detainees were waiting to use it when the weather turned poor and visibility on the ground was low.

The discovery of the tunnel also solved another mystery camp officials were trying to figure out.

Machinery that pumps sewage out of the prisoners' toilet system has been getting jammed with sand and dirt. Apparently, it was caused by soil that detainees have been disposing of while digging the tunnel.
March 26th, 2005  
hhhmmmmm.... Good ole Hilts and his Brit buddies...
March 26th, 2005  
haha reading that i could picture "the great escape" in my mind. imagine iraqi prisoners on those little rolling board thingys.
March 26th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
I was amused when the story hit the news wires because I had just watched the Great Escape. Wal-Mart has it for $7.50

Here are some picts of the enterence of the tunnel

Here is the exit
March 26th, 2005  
Well whoops, the US military should have learned a few lessons from our previous conflicts about escapes and should have been on the lookout for things like this.