Boeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
URGENT: 'TARGET #1': al-Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq
Tue Jan 04 2005 09:49:47 ET
DUBAI, January 4 (Itar-Tass) - Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom the US occupation authorities declared to be the "target number one" in Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources. Al-Zarqawi, leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently appointed the director of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.
The newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad points out that a report on the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of 10 million dollars, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio, which at one time had been the first to announce the arrest of Saddam Hussein.
There have been no official reports about the arrest of the terrorist. Al-Zarqawi, 38, a Jordanian, whose real name is Ahmad al-Khalayleh, aims to turn Iraq into a "new Afghanistan". According to Arab press data, Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad group has divided Iraq into several emirates. The group's independent subdivisions at a strength of 50 to 500 militants operate in the cities of Al-Falluja, Al-Qaim, Diala, and Samarra.
The personnel of the group is on the whole 1,500-strong and includes Iraqis and citizens of Arab and Islamic countries. There are demolition experts and missilemen among them.
The group has depots of weapons and explosives in various parts of the country. It intends to frustrate the upcoming parliamentary elections that are scheduled for the end of this month. Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad threatens to do away with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and members of the interim government.
Delta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
Man, I hope this is true. I read an article that al-Zarqawi is a more dangerous terrorist than OBL. Not only has this loser and his group beheaded foreigners, they have also beheaded muslims. Like StowAway said, put his sorry ass on Saddam's lap when the execute him.
Spinzels From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
This would be wonderful news indeed if it is true. It is just too bad that the Bush Administration blocked previous attempts by the U.S. Military to eliminate al-Zarqawi, when the military had the clear chance to do so: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/