By now many of you have heard the MNF had a big weekend in Iraq. 4320 virgins where put to work in about 48 hours. But in addition to killing a whole bunch of Al Qaeda, who we killed and where is important.
The MNF has turned their attention to the area south of Baghdad which has been a problem for a few years now. All indications are that things are going well. This weekend they took out a number of AQI leaders including Abu Usama al-Tunisi who, it has been reported, sent a letter before his death begging senior Al-Qaeda leaders for back-up.
Last letter from doomed Al Qaida chief: ‘We are so desperate for your help’
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military is eliminating Al Qaida’s chain of command in Iraq.
Officials said several leading aides to Al Qaida network chief Abu Ayoub Al Masri have been killed by the U.S.-led coalition. They said two out of the four foreign aides of Al Masri remain alive.
On Sept. 25, the U.S. military killed an Al Qaida chief deemed responsible for transporting foreign operatives to Iraq. The Al Qaida commander, identified as Abu Osama Al Tunisi, was killed in a U.S. air strike as he met his colleagues in Musayib, about 60 kilometers south of Baghdad.
Shortly before he died, Al Tunisi wrote a letter that warned of a threat to Al Qaida operations in Karkh. The lettter, found by the U.S. military, sought guidance from Al Qaida leaders amid coalition operations that hampered Al Tunisi’s network.
“We are so desperate for your help,” the letter read.
“This was a dangerous terrorist who is no longer a part of Al Qaida in Iraq,” U.S. Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson, chief of staff of the Multinational Corps Iraq, said. “His death deals a significant blow to their operation. Abu Osama Al Tunisi was one of the most senior leaders within Al Qaida in Iraq.”
Anderson said Al Tunisi and two other Al Qaida operatives were killed in the U.S. Air Force bombing mission. The brigadier told a Sept. 28 briefing that an F-16 multi-role fighter leveled the building where Al Tunisi had been meeting Al Qaida operatives.
Supposedly, this is video of the strike:
And as an interesting side note, this might have been the second time we killed Abu Usama al-Tunisi. Al Qaeda had already reported him dead a year ago. This is the first time coalition forces claimed his death. I suspect earlier reports where exaggerated as Mark Twain would say. .
Update: Al Qeada says he’s dead again for the first time. Go figure.