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Iraq Claims Baghdadi Has Been Captured

From the Agence France-Pressee:

Iraq says Qaeda boss captured

by Ammar Karim Ammar Karim

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The Iraqi military announced the capture on Thursday of the man they say is the head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq..

Baghdadi is said to be the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, a self-styled umbrella organisation for Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgent groups fighting US and Iraqi forces that has pledged loyalty to Osama bin Laden.

But he has been reported captured or killed several times in the past, and the US military has accused him of being a ruse designed to put an Iraqi face on an organisation that has always been led by foreign fighters.

In July 2007 a US military spokesman said Baghdadi was a fictional character and that the voice on audiotapes released in his name is that of an actor.

However Atta said on Thursday that Baghdadi will be put on show after being questioned.

"He will be interrogated and then we will show him on television," he said, without saying when.

The US military maintains that the real leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq is Abu Hamza al-Muhajir — better known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri — a veteran Egyptian militant named Al-Qaeda chief in June 2006 following the death of his better-known Jordanian predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a US air raid.

The media loves these stories about Mr. al-Baghdadi, since as this article (surprisingly) notes, he is actually just a fig leaf to put an Iraqi face on what is a foreign Al Qaeda operation.

In any case, we hope they don’t ‘torture’ this bravo with caterpillars or anything.

For his interrogators themselves will surely be on trial some day in the not too distant future.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Iraq Claims Baghdadi Has Been Captured”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    BRAVO……..
    Let the Question & Answer sessions begin!! (PC lingo for pinheads)
    Maybe he’ll tell us where Jimmy Hoffa is buried!!

    • proreason says:

      LD….stop being so harsh!

      It will be an information-sharing dialogue, not your brutal Q&A session!!!!!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      (Al Bundy whimper) “FORGIVE ME?”

    • pdsand says:

      If you keep it up, Obama’s going to appoint a committee of people beyond reproach who will make your posts of S&L for you in a manner that better benefits everyone involved.

  2. pdsand says:

    I think I’ll take my Qaeda with an Al- in front of it. In fact, I almost prefer it the Tony Blair way, that sounds like Al-Kai-ee-der. All this going around in newspapers lately insisting on just naming them Qaeda smacks of too much familiarity and normalization of them.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    So whassup really with this Bagh-daddy dude?

    Does he need a little vacation from the “man made disaster” over there with a trip to Cuba .. Club Gitmo? Followed up with an o-blah-blah sponsored trip to the US? Disney, maybe?

    Golly, will our boys treat him well? .. like the celeb he is?

    Can the Iraqi’s use “caterpillars, mice, and ants? Oh no!” or will they be torturing him with maybe a wood chipper?

    Just askin’.


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