View Full Version : Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq

01-04-2005, 06:58 AM
Updated: 2005-01-04 14:37

Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom the US occupation authorities declared to be the "target number one" in Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources.

Al-Zarqawi, leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently appointed the director of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.

The newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad points out that a report on the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of US$10 million, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio, which at one time had been the first to announce the arrest of Saddam Hussein.

There have been no official reports about the arrest of the terrorist. Al-Zarqawi, 38, a Jordanian, whose real name is Ahmad al-Khalayleh, aims to turn Iraq into a "new Afghanistan".

According to Arab press data, Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad group has divided Iraq into several emirates. The group's independent subdivisions at a strength of 50 to 500 militants operate in the cities of Al-Falluja, Al-Qaim, Diala, and Samarra.

The personnel of the group is on the whole 1,500-strong and includes Iraqis and citizens of Arab and Islamic countries. There are demolition experts and missilemen among them.

The group has depots of weapons and explosives in various parts of the country. It intends to frustrate the upcoming parliamentary elections that are scheduled for the end of this month. Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad threatens to do away with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and members of the interim government.

Link (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-01/04/content_405831.htm)

01-04-2005, 08:19 AM
Prase the Lord and pass the mustard gas... I hope they fry this dude if the UN doesn't make a hero out of him and the French don't step in to defend him.

01-04-2005, 12:48 PM
I wouldn't jump to any conclusions, but I hope this is true. There have been rumors before, and until an official announcement is made, this report should be discounted. Tass and Iraqi local papers are notoriously unreliable.


01-04-2005, 01:54 PM
I hope this is true, but I won't believe it until it is confirmed by the US government.


01-04-2005, 05:44 PM
Pray that it is true. That would be a big blow (in PR at least) to the insurgency.