Monday, September 04, 2006

"Trusted Lieutenant" Watch

Iraqi and coalition forces have arrested the second most senior figure in al-Qaida in Iraq, Iraq's national security adviser announced on Sunday, saying the group now suffered from a "serious leadership crisis."

Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was captured north of Baghdad a few days ago "along with another group of his aides and followers," Mouwafak al-Rubaie said.

"We believe that al-Qaida in Iraq suffers from a serious leadership crisis. Our troops have dealt fatal and painful blows to this organization," the security adviser said.

"Al-Saeedi carried out al-Qaida's policies in Iraq and the orders of the slain al-Zarqawi to incite sectarian violence in the country, through attempting to start a civil war between Shiites and Sunnis but their wishes did not materialize," al-Rubaie added.

The U.S.-led coalition has announced numerous arrests of terrorists following the death of al-Zarqawi that officials claim have thrown al-Qaida in Iraq into disarray.

But rampant sectarian violence and other attacks have continued. At least 16 Iraqis and two U.S. soldiers were killed Sunday in bomb attacks and shootings nationwide.
This insurgency continues to produce more lieutenants than West Point.

Note the reference to "claims" made after "numerous" past arrests; at this point, even by-the-book wire reporters can't resist putting this ongoing farce into context.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

claim, indeed.

9/04/2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Funny stuff. I immediately thought of you, C.R., when I read this story.

9/04/2006 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This news makes sense, and I trust it completely. Over the last few years, we've rounded up hundreds of guys who were "the #3 man" in bin Laden's or Zarqawi's or Ming the Merciless' network. Now, it's time to corral the dozens of #2 men. Victory is on the march!
-- sglover

9/04/2006 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uselful, if the intention is claim some success to bringing some troops back before that there is a tape of osama's number 2 with an american recruit, they can be brought back to protect the us from islamofacist attack...wouldnt be surprised to see a claim that osama himself has been captured or killed in the coming weeks...

9/05/2006 4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9/06/2006 2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taking a Number Two, Bill Maher has it right:

"This weekend, Iraqi and coalition forces announced the capture of the number two man in "al-Qaeda in Iraq." An Iraqi security advisor said, "We believe that al-Qaeda in Iraq suffers from a serious leadership crisis. Our troops have dealt fatal and painful blows to this organization." I doubt that's true, but let's say it is: it doesn't matter."

9/07/2006 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A leadership crisis? Does this mean they will start acting in an uncoordinated and reactionary manner?

9/11/2006 11:07 AM  
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