November 20, 2005

OKAY, NOW HE'S DESPERATE...:

Al-Zarqawi May Be Among Dead in Iraq Fight (ROBERT H. REID, 11/20/05, Associated Press)

U.S. forces sealed off a house in the northern city of Mosul where eight suspected al-Qaida members died in a gunfight — some by their own hand to avoid capture. A U.S. official said Sunday that efforts were under way to determine if terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was among the dead. [...]

On Saturday, police Brig. Gen. Said Ahmed al-Jubouri said the raid was launched after a tip that top al-Qaida operatives, possibly including Zarqawi, were in the house in the northeastern part of the city.

During the intense gunbattle that followed, three insurgents detonated explosives and killed themselves to avoid capture, Iraqi officials said. Eleven Americans were wounded, the U.S. military said. Such intense resistance often suggests an attempt to defend a high-value target.

American soldiers controlled the site Sunday, and residents said helicopters flew over the area throughout the day. Some residents said the tight security was reminiscent of the July 2003 operation in which Saddam Hussein's sons, Odai and Qusai, were killed in Mosul.


Congressman Murtha declared it a victory for al Qaeda.

MORE:
Al-Qaeda terror cell dismantled (Agence France-Presse, November 21, 2005)

MOROCCAN security forces arrested 17 Islamic extremists with ties to the Al-Qaeda network as they were setting up a terrorist cell, officials in Rabat said overnight.
"The Moroccan security services have just dismantled a terrorist structure as it was being formed," the government said, adding that the suspects would be charged later today.

The network was "composed of 17 elements linked to the radical Islamic movement having connections with small groups emerging at the Iraqi border and maintaining close ties with senior members of the Al-Qaeda organisation," it said.

One of the arrested was named as Mohamed Reha, a Belgian national of Moroccan origin, who was "known to have stayed in Syria and maintained close ties with North African Islamists in Europe".

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2005 4:58 PM
Comments

When the Dems renewed their defeatism, victory had to be right around the corner.

More at Iraq the Model: Zarqawi probably killed.

Posted by: pj at November 20, 2005 5:28 PM

Wonder if the Jordanians tortured Zark's location out of that surviving female suicide bomber.

Posted by: ghostcat at November 20, 2005 5:59 PM

If the Big Z is finally Big D.E.A.D., will we get a TV eulogy from U.B.L.?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at November 20, 2005 7:21 PM

Seriously, there are few people in the world more deserving of assuming room temperature than this bastard. I'll never forget the infamous video with Nick Berg. What a disgusting legacy.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at November 20, 2005 8:04 PM

If true, coming so closely on the heels of the Murtha declaration, the MSM and Dems will accuse Bush of having Z already in custody and using this to deflect attention from Plamegate.

Posted by: AWW at November 20, 2005 8:20 PM

AWW - How could they accuse that, when 4 Iraqi soldiers died and 11 more were injured in the bomb explosion that ended an eight-hour gunfight and resulted in the deaths of the last terrorists in the house?

Posted by: pj at November 20, 2005 8:24 PM

pj:

Facts don't mean nuthin' to lying Democrats!

Posted by: obc at November 20, 2005 9:00 PM

pj - What do facts and logic have to do with the anti-war position? Didn't you know that (for example) Bush conned us all into war to enrich his oil buddies and that this plot was hatched in Texas? Just ask Sen. Kennedy.

Posted by: Mikey at November 20, 2005 9:01 PM

The White House is pouring cold water on the story.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 20, 2005 10:31 PM

Any reports from the field? From CENTCOM?

Posted by: Gideon at November 21, 2005 6:03 AM

JimBobElrod:

I never had the stomach to watch the Nick Berg beheading.

But I am happy to take your word for it.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at November 21, 2005 8:42 AM

If it is Zarqawi, it will be key. Hopefully, we will be able to capitalize on it to either break the morale of the insurgents, or convince more Sunnis to cooperate with Baghdad. If there's a noticeable improvement in Iraq afterwards, the pressure about the war should lessen.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at November 21, 2005 11:01 AM
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