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They -- back general.
General Stanley McChrystal here and and generally you're a wonderful storyteller and your great -- for ratings because you left this story as a cliff hanger in the last block.
And here you say you're on the march to gets our Cali but you're not the area.
The -- retracing this day.
Exactly we were in April of 2006 -- we have done a raid on an area that we've been watching for some time that we captured twelve Iraqi man.
And they only had one cellphone among them and they clearly we're not farmers so it looked as though was a meeting of people -- come out there.
And they were the fact -- didn't -- cell -- was important because almost every Iraqi man carries one so they either.
To be safe didn't bring them or threw them into a nearby canal when they heard.
So that's a suspicious -- we bring all twelve vacuum we began to interrogate them very quickly all twelve -- interest and every one apple is.
Turns out to have something that inch -- and it takes us a few days at first we think a couple number the most important and we.
Yeah look and then after several days we.
We come focus one game in the -- -- And as we look at him more and more it's clear.
We believe he's got a lot to tell us about -- -- Belmont Sri.
You are rob her car which number two and possibly others.
We actually have him for a number of weeks during this period -- we're we're working through -- and our interrogators are building up a relationship with him.
They the perception that mistreatment -- is just not right what happens is long conversations.
-- one point one of our interrogators to come down to Baghdad to one of our bases.
They shared a room they shared -- she was completely unshackled on and he just went -- -- -- And he treated like a comrade but then they came back and continued these long interrogation.
Well after a period.
He became very worried about his brother and we were watching his brother we saw his brother leave the country and that upset -- -- are very badly.
And we got to the point where we said if you're not gonna give us effective information we're gonna have to move on into the larger.
Iraqi detention system.
And our interrogator said all right that's it if he can't help us we're gonna do it and one of the walked out of the room.
Theoretically to get the guards in the other interrogator said.
You gotta help me here we're gonna movie out.
In the end that interrogator says okay -- -- to walk out and buster said wait I got some.
Eventually what he did was he connected -- to.
-- you Belmont are Syria Abu Musab Al Zarqawi is spiritual advisor who lived in Baghdad and he said that the spiritual advisor.
Met with -- how we regularly every week or -- and he gave us on what we call patterns of life.
Of what we would see to identify him in the what we would see when he was going to -- -- -- -- So we watched him and I think we watched him for 21 days every second with aerial ground surveillance at one point we had.
Some of our operators drive into a mosque area in two Baghdad to watch -- come out photograph and this is at the time when.
Violence is exploding in Baghdad Shia and -- -- -- on each other checkpoints every minute.
We we -- able then to follow.
I don't -- -- Out of the city one -- when he.
-- a series of activities.
That leads us to believe he's going to one additional meetings with Chicago and what does he does he swaps cars a couple of times right we watch him in the morning he gets -- -- he drives he leaves the house we say this is it we watch him.
He comes back to the house we -- All right what's that.
He needs -- again and his he drives out in a car starting got a one of the highways.
Suddenly it stops and this is a divided highway but it's stops like on the shoulder of the -- gets out.
-- that's not really uncommon -- Iraq but he gets out the -- goes on and he pulls out a cell -- And within a couple of minutes from the other direction a truck comes in the immediately walks over and it's an.
Well we're watching that -- one of our guys goes hey that's good trade craft.
This guy knows what he's doing.
He then goes north we thought -- go west I thought that he'd -- that does our car we would be west but he was north.
He went up to an area -- -- in which was small restaurant.
Any win in the restaurant and there were a bunch of different cars up front.
And then in a little while he comes out.
A different door gets in a different vehicle.
And goes away.
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