Sunday, February 27, 2005

Captured: Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan

This upstanding citizen was also very much wanted for his support of the Iraqi insurgency.

The news reports I read all either imply or state directly that al-Hassan's capture was an operation run entirely by the Iraqi security forces. If this is true, it's yet another positive indication about their increasing effectiveness. The past couple of weeks have been full of these indications — very good news, as this is the prerequisite to bringing our troops home.

Buried in the AP news report on this story is this:

Iraqi authorities on Saturday said they were close to capturing the country's most-wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida in Iraq mastermind believed to be behind much of the insurgent violence in Iraq. One of al-Zarqawi's key aides and a man who served as his driver were arrested Feb. 20.

"Al-Zarqawi is very close to falling into the hands of justice and there will be good news in the coming days," Dawoud said Saturday.

Even better news, if true — and yet another positive indicator about the performance of the Iraqi security forces.

The full AP story is here..

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