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Linda Norgrove: What Really Happened To The Killed British Aid Worker

by | 12th, October 2010

LINDA Norgrove: the 36-year-old British aid worker captured by the Taliban died in failed rescue attempt. She was being held in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley when US special forces launched their raid. She had been held for 13 days. She was working for a US aid agency called Development Alternatives. Over 150 US Navy Seals went in. Linda Norgrove was an important figure.

And then..? The story goes that she was either killed by a grenade thrown into the compound by the US forces or a kidnapper detonating a suicide vest.

What happened?

Says David Cameron

“It’s a judgment, it’s a balance. I will go over in my own mind 100 times whether it was the right decision, but I believe it was.”

The Tabloid Agenda

Says the Mirror :

We do not for a second doubt the anguish of the Prime Minister, who supported a rescue attempt because he was told the British aid worker’s life was in serious danger.”

Well, only a nutter with an agenda would call Cameron a liar. But good of the anti-Cameron Mirror to suggest Cameron is a liar and then dismiss the claim. Nice.

And further to the Left on the pages of the World Socialist Worker :

Cameron’s statement points to a deliberate cover-up by the Pentagon, with the aid of the US puppet regime in Afghanistan. The only question unanswered is whether the British government was also in the know from the start, or was, in the words of the Telegraph, treated “like an ill-informed and gullible patsy by our chief allies in the world”. The first scenario is the more likely.

The Soldier: Colonel Richard Kemp

* Whether she was killed by a Taliban suicide vest or a US grenade, Linda Norgrove died because extremist killers seized her with the intention of exploiting her for propaganda then butchering her.

Or as he said one day earlier:

* The outcome of Linda Norgrove’s kidnapping has been a tragedy. The heartless killing of this defenceless aid-worker is entirely in keeping with the Taliban’s normal callous brutality.

Shoot first. Questions later.

Who Took Linda Norgrove?

* There are directly contradictory accounts of what, in the meantime, was going on behind the scenes. The Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday that “from the start” the British government was gravely concerned that Ms Norgrove had been taken by a vicious Salafist group who would pass her on up the terrorist chain of command. But Afghan officials claimed that they were in the process of obtaining her release through a group of local elders when the raid took place. Others maintained that the abductors were not hardcore Taliban but a criminal gang which was seeking a substantial ransom and had let this be known to British diplomats.

Why They Went In

* It was decided, finally, that the threat to Linda’s life from her captors was at least equal to the threat to her life if highly-trained soldiers, armed with the element of surprise, attempted to free her by force. Had the attempt succeeded, we would all be marvelling at the skill and courage of the liberating forces. It failed and we are now asking questions about the wisdom of the rescue attempt.

The Raid

* The Seals then sprinted to the building where Miss Norgrove was being held, as 150 other U.S. troops surrounded the compound.
Overhead, Predator drones and Apache attack helicopters hovered, ready to provide air support. But the Taliban were not prepared

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