Thursday, July 19, 2007

Al Mashadani extra extra Al-Senator Reid read the good News!

Congrats to Hugh Hewitt on the General Petraeus interview yesterday. This Al Qaeda "Media Emir", al-Mashadani catch, a big big Cat Fish in Iraq is most like due to Iraqi tips as implied in the Washington Times article.  Also the Multi-Nations Forces in Iraq site I have been plugging is reporting on this too "Cyber Islamic State of Iraq foreign-led ruse"
.....past two months, U.S. forces have killed or captured 26 al Qaeda senior operatives, but every month, nearly 60 to 80 foreign insurgents enter the country, he added. Most foreign operatives in Iraq came from Saudi Arabia, with jihadists from Syria, Egypt and Pakistan also common.
The move by coalition forces to continue to put pressure on the al Qaeda network in Iraq is inhibiting the Islamist terrorist organization from developing a national movement from within the country, Adm. Smith said.

Army Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, spokesman for the Multinational Force in Iraq, said at a press conference in Baghdad yesterday that the information gathered from al-Mashadani revealed that he was the conduit between al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and non-Iraqi operatives in the country.

The White House trumpeted the capture as an example of success from President Bush's troop-surge plan, and the new U.S. military plan in Iraq.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said that this month coalition forces have captured a top al Qaeda security man in Mosul and killed an al Qaeda cell leader, Abu Jurah, in Baghdad. He called those accomplishments "an example of the kind of intelligence we are beginning to get now from locals about al Qaeda activities."

With the Iraq strategy dependent on the upcoming September report on how the surge is working, the White House is stepping up its public relations effort to tout successes such as captures and killings. Mr. Snow took time to repeat some of Gen. Bergner's presentation at the daily White House press briefing.

"I'm not sure that the American public gets an opportunity to see a lot of this, and I think it's important to do it," he told reporters who wondered why the double-barreled approach.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, criticized Democratic leaders for their attempt to force the Bush administration to pull out of Iraq.

"Had the majority been successful in forcing a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq earlier this year, Mashadani would be free and hatching plots to kill innocent people today," Mr. Boehner said. "This is a great victory for the troops, and it should remind all of us that they are fighting in the right place, at the right time, and for the right reasons. Al Qaeda made Iraq the central front in the global war on terror, which is why we must confront them there — not just for the safety and security of the Iraqis but for the American people, too."

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