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Iraqi Forces Arrest Top al-Qaeda Lieutenant

Iraqi Forces Arrest Top al-Qaeda Lieutenant

Iraqi security forces have arrested the "most lethal" top lieutenant of al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq a man allegedly behind 75% of the car bombings in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, the prime minister's office said Monday. Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, was arrested during a Jan. 15 raid in Baghdad, a government statement said Monday. Two other militants linked to Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror group also have been arrested, authorities announced Monday.

Al-Jaaf was "the most lethal of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's lieutenants," the statement said. Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi heads al-Qaeda in Iraq, the terror network's local affiliate. The group is behind many of the car bombings, beheadings, assassinations and other attacks driving the insurgency in Iraq. Al-Jaaf was responsible for 32 car bombing attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis, the statement said. "Abu Omar al-Kurdi claims responsibility for some of the most ruthless attacks on Iraqi police forces and police stations," said Thaer al-Naqib, spokesman for interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. The statement said al-Jaaf "confessed to building approximately 75% of the car bombs used in attacks in Baghdad since March 2003," al-Naqib said.

This coming just a week before the Iraqi election is fantastic news... Of course that would cause some to question the timing. LOL

This was emailed to me from James Joyner who is a one man blogging machine this morning. He's always worth reading but he's on a roll today.


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Comments (6)

Kinda makes you want to sta... (Below threshold)
ridgerunner:

Kinda makes you want to stand up and slap yo' momma! (Spinner's Wa Po trash piece)
Im trying hard to think of all the great ways of disposing of this guy but I am frustrated. Only G-d can deal with him in the way he deserves.

All I hope for is that the... (Below threshold)
Peter:

All I hope for is that the Iraqi security people don't turn this goat's anus over to the American forces.
The Iraqis should give him an, um, enthusiastic interogation, using time-honored traditional Mideast methods, then shoot him during an escape attempt.

NO NO NO Peter, you have it... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

NO NO NO Peter, you have it wrong. It's better they hand this filth over to our boys, as it's about time they got so see the real 'Enemy'...let them let off some stress and tention and give the animal what he deserves I say.

If our boys were ALLOWED to do some more ABU GRAIB style interrorgations, we'd win the war in weeks!

If our "boys" were allowed ... (Below threshold)

If our "boys" were allowed to profile, we'd be through will all sorts of gay security measures taken here in the states.

Well I got no problem with ... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Well I got no problem with that unless they try to feel me up!

what is that guy doing?... (Below threshold)
mark:

what is that guy doing?




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