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Al Qaeda Offered Bodyguard $1.5M To Kill Sheik

From an approving Associated Press:


U.S. Arrests 25 in Sheik Slaying Probe

U.S. Military Confirms Arrests of 25 Linked to Slaying of Sunni Leader Opposed to al-Qaida

By BUSHRA JUHI

The U.S. military on Saturday confirmed the arrests of 25 people linked to the assassination of the leader of the U.S.-backed revolt by Sunni Arab tribesmen in the western Anbar province against al-Qaida in Iraq.

The suspects, who include the head of the security detail that was supposed to protect Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, killed in a bombing Sept. 13, were detained by Iraqi police, Lt. Col. Jubeir Rashid said, an Iraqi police officer in Anbar.

Abu Risha’s killing just 10 days after his meeting with President Bush dealt a blow to one of the few success stories in U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq. The tribal leader was credited with bringing together Anbar sheiks into an alliance against the extremists, after years of American failure to tame flashpoints such as Ramadi and Fallujah.

Rashid said Friday that Abu Risha’s security chief, Capt. Karim al-Barghothi, confessed al-Qaida in Iraq had offered him $1.5 million for the slaying but that he was arrested before he could collect the money.

Two other bodyguards as well as some of Abu Risha’s neighbors were also detained, Iraqi police said. The arrests took place two days after the bombing. Al-Qaida front group the Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the assassination…

The U.S. military earlier said an al-Qaida-linked militant, identified as Fallah Khalifa Hiyas Fayyas al-Jumayli, an Iraqi also known as Abu Khamis and connected to Abu Risha’s death and a plot to kill other tribal leaders, had been arrested during a raid north of Baghdad…

Not only are these Muslims so pious, they are also so honorable. 

Abu Risha’s killing just 10 days after his meeting with President Bush dealt a blow to one of the few success stories in U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq.

They are even more reprehensible than our media, who cannot pass up an opportunity to lie for their allies, the terrorists.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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