Iraqi Defense Ministry Says: Leader of al-Qaida in Iraq Captured
Iraqi police commandos captured the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in a raid in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi officials said Thursday.
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Hopefully the report of al-Masri’s capture will prove to be accurate. With further luck al-Masri — ahem — will be persuaded to divulge sufficient information to allow Iraqi and U.S. forces to finish off A-Q-I as an effective, large-scale fighting force. Time will tell.
UPDATE: The U.S. Military and other Iraqi officials now are saying no dice. With luck, however, they do have the real al-Masri and their denials of his capture are strategic in nature.