Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"Trusted Lieutenant" Watch....

AP today:
The government also announced the capture of a senior aide to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who took over as leader of al-Qaida in Iraq after his predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in June.

Mouwafak al-Rubaie, the government’s national security adviser, said U.S. and Iraqi forces captured the aide, though he did not specify where or when. He said three-fifths of al-Qaida in Iraq’s leadership has now been captured or killed.

"The noose is tightening around Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and I can say with all confidence that al-Qaida in Iraq is undergoing a very real leadership crisis," al-Rubaie said at a news conference.
For some perspective, recall this from early September:
Al Qaeda's No. 2 operative in Iraq, Hamed Jumaa Al Saeedi, has been arrested, the U.S. military and Iraq's national security adviser announced Sunday.

Al Saeedi, also known as Abu Rana and Abu Humam, is said to be second in command in the terrorist group al Qaeda in Iraq, behind Abu Ayyub al-Masri.

Al-Masri succeeded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after he was killed during a U.S. airstrike in June.

"This is a very important development," Iraq's Planning Minister Barham Salih told CNN.

"It comes in the wake of killing of Zarqawi and also a number of Zarqawi associates. Deliberate intelligence work both by Iraqi forces as well as multinational forces have dealt a very severe blow to al Qaeda organization in Iraq."
Which leads to the obvious question: How many more "severe blows to al Qaeda" can we endure?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

...Probably more than the public realizes, there is no cohesive anti-war movment in the US and thus the Civil war in Iraq will continue. The rhetoric which has gone in three years from subjective to objective brings to mind the counsel of Machiaveilli: "Promise much deliver little."

12/07/2006 12:50 AM  
Blogger kaimu said...


It goes to show how little even Iraqis seem to know of "guerilla warfare" ... This is the essence why the leaders can die away daily and as long as the movement, the ideology, the anger and hatred and the will is alive then the war will continue. Even killing Bin Laden will not end the civil war. In fact it will probably make it worse.

This is why removing Saddam was America's biggest mistake since we have no will to commit the necessary atrocities Saddam had to commit in order to bring "stability" to Iraq. In order to break the many terrorist "freedom fighter" factions that exist in the Middle East.

There are valid reasons the British left the Middle East in the 1920's and the Russian's in the 1980's ...

12/07/2006 1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/07/2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger Dave S. said...

The term "Pyrrhic blow" comes to mind.

12/07/2006 12:49 PM  
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