June 23, 2005


Leading fugitive Saudi militant killed in Iraq (SALAH NASRAWI, 6/23/05, AP)

One of Saudi Arabia's most-wanted suspected terrorists was killed by an airstrike during fighting with U.S. and Iraqi forces in northwest Iraq, the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq group said in a Web statement posted Thursday.

Abdullah Mohammed Rashid al-Roshoud had been No. 24 on a list of the 26 most-wanted terrorist leaders put out by Saudi Arabia two years ago and was one of only three militants on the list still at large.

The Web posting, the authenticity of which could not be confirmed, said he slipped into Iraq in April.

Al-Roshoud was killed in fighting near the town of Qaim, on the border with Syria, said the statement, signed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most notorious terror leader in Iraq. U.S. forces have launched a series of offensives near Qaim in past weeks against militants slipping into Iraq.

The Saudi militant "was participating in the battles of Qaim ... when the Crusader forces tried to descend on the area," the site said. Al-Roshoud and a group of mujahedeen fought back "and killed some of the Crusaders until the enemies of God had to withdraw."

"When the Crusaders could not enter the area, the only thing they could do was bombard the mujahedeen with warplanes," it said. "Our sheik (al-Roshoud) got what he wished"-- martyrdom.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2005 10:11 AM

"Our sheik (al-Roshoud) got what he wished"-- martyrdom.

happy to oblige. Who's next?

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 23, 2005 10:28 AM

We "tried" to enter the area?

We "had to withdraw"?

What rubbish.

Posted by: Bartman at June 23, 2005 10:59 AM

> one of only three militants on the list still at large

That, class, is what we call "attrition."

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at June 23, 2005 11:26 AM

ulululululu !

By the way, it's always wise to withdraw from a certain area when you've ordered to bomb it into dust.

Posted by: Peter at June 23, 2005 11:49 AM

Just another cluster fly. We have bombs for them.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 23, 2005 11:51 AM

I wish I trusted Zarqawi enough to believe him.

Perhaps we'll be seeing Al-Roshoud again, under another name.

Perhaps this indicates that Al Qaeda is contemplating withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted by: pj at June 23, 2005 12:02 PM

This exemplifies the "flypaper strategy". The problem with this approach is that our political leadership at the highest levels can continue to hide from the reality of our regional conflict, supposedly limiting it to the country of Iraq. Consequently, our political leadership can avoid confronting the support system in surrounfing countries that is feeding the terrorists and insurgents. While Bush holds hands with the head saud, Iraqi civilians and our own people there face the danger, much of it emanating from Saudi Arabia. This "realpolitik" approach to warfare is unworthy of a great nation and facilitates a deception and dishonesty that exceeds our previous policy of "stability at the expense of freedom" that Bush has supposedly repudiated.

Posted by: Bob at June 23, 2005 12:57 PM

pj, If they leave Iraq before we do, they would be embarrassed and defeated. I don't see that happening. Once we leave they can flee the country and claim victory over the crusaders. As long as they can find jihadis to die for their cause, and with Europe, Saudi Arabia and Syria's help that doesn't seem to be a problem, they will continue to look at Iraq as their main front in the war. It makes one wonder where they will begin to turn up after we leave Iraq.

Posted by: Patrick H at June 23, 2005 1:04 PM


London, Paris, Rome, and South America (heading north). Just this week, drug-dealers linked to Hezbollah were arrested in Quito.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 23, 2005 1:30 PM

Yes, they are fund raising and recruiting everywhere while sending the jihadis to Iraq. They must really enjoy financing jihad with illegal drugs that are bought by Americans.

Posted by: Patrick H at June 23, 2005 1:43 PM

Hey, someone else used my distinctive name.

Posted by: Bob at June 23, 2005 4:42 PM

Iraq is the Bush-branded Al Qaeda roach motel.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 23, 2005 4:47 PM

Betcha they run out of jihadis before we run out of ammunition.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 23, 2005 4:53 PM

Exciting things to do after leaving the madrassa: meet the US military up close and personal.

But, from their point of view, it is probably better than seeing nothing but veiled women they won't ever be able to touch, anyway.

Posted by: ratbert at June 23, 2005 5:18 PM

yes, but we'll leave Iraq before they run out of jihadi jethros. We could take the show on the road. Syria in '06!

Posted by: Patrick H at June 23, 2005 5:38 PM

Actually Bart that descrbes a long standing S.O.P. We'd be foolish to do otherwise. They're foolish to fall for it, over and over again.

Posted by: Genecis at June 23, 2005 10:30 PM
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