Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Witch Is Dead!

Apparently, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed:

At least one Arab television media outlet reported that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The unconfirmed report claimed that the explosions occurred after coalition forces surrounded the house in which al-Zarqawi was hiding.

That's all the information available now, as far as I know. And, maybe I shouldn't get too excited by this, but this could be big, big, big.

Why do I say that? Because Al-Zarqawi is, or, uh, was, actually, more powerful than Bin Laden:

Al-Zarqawi commands more people, has access to greater funds and enjoys growing support among young Muslims drawn to his slick internet websites, which give lurid details of his latest attacks on “infidels”.

A recent study about Iraq’s insurgency by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington estimated that 3,000 foreign fighters had gone to Iraq to join the insurgency.

Now, battle-hardened, they form the vanguard of a “foreign legion” ready to take the jihad to their homelands in what US intelligence officials refer to as “bleed-out”.

The National Counterterrorism Centre in America believes that al-Zarqawi’s network extends to 40 countries and that he has developed links with 24 militant groups worldwide.

Now, of course, a more dangerous and evil leader could bubble up from the cauldron of the Middle East, and take al-Zarqawi's place. But, it also could be that this will be the beginning of the end of the insurgency in Iraq. In just a few weeks, Iraq will have elect their President. Then, it's on to Syria and Iran.

The next few months are going to be interesting, to say the least.


BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces sealed off a house in the northern city of Mosul where eight suspected al-Qaida members died in a gunfight — some by their own hand to avoid capture. A U.S. official said Sunday that efforts were under way to determine if terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was among the dead.

In Washington, a U.S. official said the identities of the terror suspects killed was unknown. Asked if they could include al-Zarqawi, the official replied: "There are efforts under way to determine if he was killed."

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.
American soldiers maintained control of the site, imposing extraordinary security measures, a day after a fierce gunbattle that broke out when Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers surrounded a house after reports that al-Qaida in
Iraq members were inside.

Three insurgents detonated explosives and killed themselves to avoid capture, Iraqi officials said.