Thursday, May 08, 2008

Head Of Al-Qaeda In Iraq Arrested In Mosul

Some good news...the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq,Abu Ayyub al-Masri, is in custody after being arrested today in Mosul, according to the Iraqi Defense Ministry:

Spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said the arrest of al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was confirmed to him by the Iraqi commander of the province. (..)

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said that Mosul police "arrested one of Al Qaeda's leaders at midnight and during the primary investigations he admitted that he is Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir."

News of the arrest was also reported by Iraqi state television and Arab satellite TV stations.

The state channel, Iraqiya, said that Minister of Interior Jawad al-Bolani would reward Mosul police for the capture.

If confirmed, the arrest would represent a major blow to Al Qaeda in Iraq, which has been on the run for the past year following a shift in alliances by Sunni tribesmen in western Anbar province, and elsewhere, and an influx of thousands of U.S. troops.

al-Masri is the cresture who took over al-Qaeda in Iraq after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had a personal encounter of a very final nature with our warriors.

Some very good news if it can be confirmed. I recommend a nice, extended Q&A session in Jordan followed by a pigskin burial.

UPDATE: wasn't him

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