June 10, 2006

WE CAN ALWAYS OUTSOURCE THE TORTURE:

How Jordanians hunted down their hated son: When US bombers finally caught up with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to end the life of one of the world's most savage terrorists, they were acting on a remarkable chain of intelligence. (Jason Burke, Peter Beaumont and Mohammed al-Ubeidy in Baghdad, June 11, 2006, The Observer)

It started in a dusty border post in the rock-strewn desert between Iraq and Jordan. A quiet operation that received no attention. A frontier guard arrested by the Jordanian police. Not even worth a news brief in a local newspaper.

But Mohammed al-Karbouli was not just a frontier guard.

Karbouli, arrested on 22 May, disappeared, hidden in one of the scores of secret prisons and intelligence installations that the Jordanians run in their arid hinterland. If Karbouli's actual detention went unnoticed, the consequences of his arrest would not. Teams of US special forces, CIA, Jordanian secret services and Iraqi intelligence have spent three years hunting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was blamed for beheading hostages - including the Briton, Kenneth Bigley - and killing hundreds of people in suicide bombings. This was the breakthrough they had needed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2006 11:15 PM
Comments

Good example of how intellegence works perfectly when Amnesty Int, and Int Red Cross,etc., are not camped at your jails.

Posted by: Tom Wall at June 10, 2006 11:42 PM
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