DATE: SPRING 2007-EARLY 2008
SOURCE: DEBRIEFING OF [DETAINEE] UNDER COALITION FORCES CONTROL UNCLASSIFIED (AS REDACTED)
Summary: [Detainee] map tracked to a marsh area near Qal ‘at Salihwhere boats bring weapons from Iran (IR).This area is used heavily by small boats carrying weapons from IR.
The boat handlers most likely use the same drivers each trip and make arrangements prior to leaving IR. Drugs and contraband are smuggled into IZ by the same routes. The area is dangerous and everyone carries weapons even while fishing. The boats carrying weapons are covered with reeds and are easily hidden. The boats can be unloaded anywhere along the shoreline, and the weapons are placed in the beds of pickup trucks, which are then covered with bundles of reeds. Most smugglers use local dirt roads to avoid CF checkpoints. XXXX receives the weapons and stores them at an unknown location. [Detainee] has no knowledge of the individuals XXXX employs in these operations, or who XXXX receives orders from. Most weapons are smuggled from IR by boat since vehicles can be x-rayed at CF checkpoints. [Detainee] met XXXX through Muhammad Shakir, and knows that prior to capture by CF, XXXX was a bodyguard for Muqtada al-Sadr and was a JAM commander in Baghdad, IZ. XXXX was a close friend of XXXX, XXXX aka X