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February 24, 2005

Al-Zarqawi Continues To Be Elusive: Noose getting tighter

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Iraqi and U.S. forces have come close to capturing Islamic militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at least twice since mid-January, according to Kurdish intelligence officials.

In each case, Iraq's most wanted man escaped shortly before raids on his hideouts, the two officials said in phone interviews from Iraq. Even though al-Zarqawi fled, Iraqi and U.S. officials were pleased by the accuracy of the intelligence that led to the raids.

... The recent arrests followed the capture of one of al-Zarqawi's top lieutenants, Abu Omar al-Kurdi, in a Jan. 15 raid in Baghdad. Al-Kurdi has provided detailed information about his boss' movements, hiding places and communication methods, according to the intelligence officials.

Look to see the arrests of members of al-Zarqawi's group continue, and al-Zarqawi himself increasingly isolated. In the end, with any luck at all, we'll see him found hiding in a hole like Sadaam Hussein.

Hat tip - The Political Teen
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Posted by Hyscience at February 24, 2005 2:34 PM



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