I saw this little blurb in Israel’s Arutz Sheva:
Sources in Iraq claim that United States Armed Forces have arrested the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu-Masab a-Zarqawi.
Some sources say he was arrested with three assistants, while others claim he was arrested before Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s last visit to Iraq.The Saudi paper Al Watan reports that al-Zarqawi has been in custody for several weeks, awaiting the formation of the new Iraqi government for the arrest to be announced. Given that al-Zarqawi is the second most wanted man in the world right now the likelihood that he is “on ice” seems pretty low. As with all previous reports, these latest reports should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Captured or not, al-Zarqawi’s been busy on the PR front. CNN is running a new set of pictures showing al-Zarqawi with associates, and Friday his group, al Qaeda in Iraq, published a slick 43 page online magazine.