Saddam's 2nd in Command Reported Captured in Tikrit

I question the timing:

(OH we got instalanched that’s where the comments came from- for those of you new to wizbang, please read the update below.)

Saddam’s 2nd in Command Reported Captured in Tikrit
Patricia Nunan
05 Sep 2004, 13:57 UTC

Iraq’s Defense Ministry has announced the arrest of the most wanted man in Iraq: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a deputy to Saddam Hussein. Other officials say at least 70 people were killed in the operation.
Defense ministry officials say Iraq’s National Guard backed by U.S. forces made the arrest on the outskirts of Tikrit – Saddam Hussein’s home town and a stronghold of support. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was the most senior aide to Saddam Hussein and the most senior official to escape capture, until now.

Interior Ministry officials say clashes surrounding the arrest left at least 70 dead. Another 80 supporters of Mr. al-Douri were captured.

U.S. officials have not confirmed the arrest.

UPDATE: OK From the comments it is apparent we have some newbies here. For future reference- If you ever hear me echoing the goofy liberal line of the day, it is only to mock them. It’s called sarcasm. Trust me I have no tinfoil hat.

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