Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"Trusted Lieutenant" Watch....

The latest installment, from the AP:
Top al-Qaida Member in Iraq Killed

A suicide bomber attacked Iraqis applying for jobs as policemen Tuesday, killing nine and wounding 21, and U.S. officials said a top deputy of the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was killed over the weekend.

In Washington, U.S. defense officials said that Abdullah Abu Azzam, a leading deputy to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, was killed this weekend. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the information.
Abdullah Abu Azzam! The much-feared "Triple A"?? We got him!

The West Point on the Tigris continues to graduate lieutenants, confidants, and leading deputies at an amazing clip, eh?

Bin Laden. Al-Zawahiri. Zarqawi. Work on those for awhile, then get back to us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, another one.

As soon as I saw the headline, I rushed over here.

Another obvious question, I suppose, would be what rank this guy held before Trusted Lieutenants numbers 1 - 37 were eliminated? Is this becoming something like a field promotion to FeldMarschall in 1943?

9/27/2005 9:32 AM  
Blogger Mitchell J. Freedman said...

Why the reporter allowed this into the report is the latest example of journalistic corruption. "The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citinig the sensitivity of the information." This reporter obviously belongs to the Judy Miller School of Journalism. There is no sense of verification or explanation as to why "Triple A" was a "deputy" and what that term means.

And who can forget the refusal--not failure--of the Bush administaration to either kill or arrest Zarqawi in 2002 when they had at least two opportunities? That was one for the books, though most of our chattering class on television and radio have exhibited no knowledge or recall of that.

9/27/2005 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read the article about the top member, I thought of the blog you wrote on this topic.

A stat I saw recently: the US military is using 250,000 bullets for every person killed. US companies can't keep up, so our military is importing bullets from Israel.

When you read the articles at Iraq Coalition Casualties, you wonder if we are insane "to stay the course". To me this means change nothing, if something is going this bad, I'd hope they'd have a plan B or C. It seems the President is stuck in a loop and keeps repeating we'll keep doing more of the same. Things don't look much better in Afghanistan.

It's like changing daylight savings time, if that is the best they have to offer for energy conservation plan, we're in trouble.

9/27/2005 12:02 PM  
Blogger merlallen said...

How many times have we captured a "Top Lt.?". There must be thousands of them.

9/27/2005 12:28 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

Well put. Of course when I was in the Army, a Lt. was considered to be the private of the Officer Corp. No wonder they can't catch these guys, their using Naval terminology for land based exercises.

9/27/2005 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bartkid sez,
Whoopee. Another "top lt." caught.

Does this mean Iraq's turned yet another corner?
(Turn enough corners and you're going around in circles.)

9/27/2005 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yawn, so, was it another #3 in the AQ or maybe it was a #2, they seem to have an awful lot of them.

of course, there's always that bit of info coming out about the abuses of PUC's by the 82nd.

guess that has to be countered by something huh...?

9/27/2005 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

theleftcoaster has the goods on why this is totally irrelavant.
Just as the icebergs melting in the arctic and global oil demand, we've reached a tipping point.
As Bush would say, "Mission Accomplished".

9/27/2005 9:27 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Azzam was the #2 guy, personally running Al Qaeda's ops in Baghdad and controlling financing for foreign fighters but the reward was only $50k?

You have to wonder about this Al Qaeda website that seems to have a running dialogue with the
Defense Dept. No, Azzam was not a deputy, he was only "one of Al Qaeda's many soldiers".

And then there are the members of Al Qaeda who seem to be forever in chat rooms discussing wmds.

9/28/2005 2:38 AM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...


Check this post out over at MyDD. Newsweek is starting to question "the top lieutenant" line. He also makes the point about the reward bounties.

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