June 4, 2005
Judge: Saddam's Morale LowTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
The judge that will oversee his trial says that Saddam Hussein's morale has plummeted as the gravity of the war crimes charges he faces sinks in. This, while an Iraqi regarded as a top terror leader was arrested Saturday in northern Iraq.
In a coup for Iraqi security forces, a terror suspect known as Mullah Mahdi was detained early Saturday along with his brother, three other Iraqis and a non-Iraqi Arab national in eastern Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Khalil Ahmed al-Obeidi said.
Al-Obeidi said the suspect was captured after a brief clash in eastern Mosul. Mullah Mahdi is accused of affiliation with the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, one of Iraq's most feared terror groups, and had links to the Syrian intelligence service.
"He was wanted for almost all car bombs, assassinations of high officials, beheadings of Iraqi policemen and soldiers and for launching attacks against multi-national forces," al-Obeidi said.
Although it's a dated post, Rotweiler Puppy had some interesting tidbits in March of this year about "Mullah Madi" from a terrorist detained by the Iraqis.
Update: As inTheBullPen points out, Mullah Mahdi was affiliated with the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, one of Iraq's most feared terror groups, and had links to the Syrian intelligence service, al-Obeidi said without elaborating. Iraqi and U.S. officials have accused Syria of facilitating the insurgency by allowing foreign fighters to cross its borders, but Damascus denies the allegation.
Posted by Hyscience at June 4, 2005 2:46 PM
The arrested person is key though, Richard. He's a member of Ansar al-Sunnah and a part of Syrian intelligence. This marks two in the last week alone who were arrested and part of Syrian intelligence.
Posted by: Chad Evans at June 4, 2005 4:56 PM
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