Christian Living

bootsontheground 02/07/08

11-Year-Old Back At Home

For one Iraqi boy, a three-day nightmare is finally over. He was kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda kidnapping cell on January 26. The cell contacted his parents and demanded $100,000, or, they said, they'd behead the eleven-year-old boy they'd taken.

The boy was stuffed into a closet and told he'd be killed soon.

Three days later on January 29, Iraqi counterterrorism forces had located their boy's prison. In a nighttime raid, they burst in, killed two of his captors and captured another. When they opened the closet, they found the boy bewildered but unharmed.

Within a few moments, the boy was sitting in a vehicle surrounded by his heroes. They gave him a cellphone. "It's your mother." They said.

He took the phone. "Mother. It's me." His voice was remarkably calm. A few moments later, the boy was reunited with his family. His mother was hysterical with joy.

 Watch the video of the whole ordeal here.

Live Fire with Chuck Holton

The parents didn't have the money. But they had something better - a functioning Iraqi army on their side.