June 8, 2006

SMILE, YOU'RE ON COALITION CAMERA:

A long trail to finding Zarqawi: Weeks of gathering a broad range of intelligence led to the successful strike (Dan Murphy and Mark Sappenfield, 6/09/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

In his speech announcing the success of the strike, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the operation was based upon tips given to Iraqi soldiers by local informants.

For his part, Caldwell said that US forces had been tracking Zarqawi's spiritual adviser, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman, who inadvertently led them to the safe house outside Baquba where he and Zarqawi were meeting when they were killed. Jordanian officials also claim a role in locating Zarqawi, who is from Jordan.

MORE:
JORDAN: TAPPED PHONE CALL TO RELATIVE LED COALITION TO AL-ZARQAWI, SOURCE (AKI, 6/08/06)

It was a phone call, using a Thuraya satellite phone, between Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and a family member in Jordan that helped Jordanian security officials track down the location of the terrorist leader and eventually led to his death in a US air raid late Wednesday in the Iraqi town of Baquba. This according to a source within the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, interviewed by Adnkronos International (AKI).

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told AKI that the interceptions "were conducted with the approval of this relative who lives in Jordan and through the coordination firstly between him and the intelligence services of Jordan and then followed by those of the Americans in Iraq."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2006 8:50 PM
Comments

Listened to Keith Olbermann on with Dan Patrick this morning. He played it like we were UBL's stooge on this. Al Qaida got tired of him and sold him out to us. So, we didn't really get him and Al Qaidia is better off without the dead weight. Kinda a win-win for Keith.

Posted by: Pepys at June 8, 2006 9:12 PM

Except that OBL is dead.

Posted by: oj at June 8, 2006 9:48 PM

I certainly hope those communications intercepts had FISA approval. Or the terrorists will have won. Er, the ones that aren't dead already, I mean.

Posted by: HT at June 9, 2006 1:39 AM
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