American and Iraqi troops have captured the man who supervised the bombers of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, an act that set off a wave of brutal sectarian violence, the Iraqi national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, said Sunday.
In a statement broadcast on national television, Mr. Rubaie said the second-ranking leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, Hamid Juma Faris Jouri al-Saeedi, was captured several days ago as he hid among Iraqi families in a residential building. He said that Mr. Saeedi was operating near Baquba, north of Baghdad, in the area where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of the terrorist organization, had sought refuge before he was killed in an American airstrike three months ago.
Mr. Rubaie described Mr. Saeedi as Al Qaeda’s deputy commander in Iraq, serving beneath Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who took over the organization after Mr. Zarqawi’s death. If that characterization is true, it would suggest that Mr. Saeedi is the most senior Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia leader killed or captured since an American F-16 fighter bombed Mr. Zarqawi’s safe house on June 7.
However, a United States military official was more cautious in describing Mr. Saeedi’s place in the organization’s pecking order. While he was a “top-tier guy” who supervised those who carried out the Samarra bombing, “I’m not sure we are ready to put a number on him,” said the American official, who agreed to speak only without being named because Iraqi officials had been designated to announce the capture. “It’s a very decentralized operation.” more
How many times have we captured the Al Qaeda’s #2 in Iraq or Afghanistan? 3 – 5 times? With Al Zarqawi dead, wouldn’t the number 2 become the #1? All I know is the violence comtinues in Iraq.
Steve Irwin, the TV presenter known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” has died after being stung by a stingray in a marine accident off Australia’s north coast.
Media reports say Irwin was snorkeling at Batt Reef, a part of the Great Barrier Reef about 9 miles (about 15 kilometers) from the town of Port Douglas, when the incident happened on Monday morning.
Irwin, 44, was killed by a stingray barb that pierced his chest, according to Cairns police sources. more
There is a reason that the wild is called the WILD. On the other hand, Steve Irwin did inject the conservation moment with some needed energy and capital. He was fun to watch. He will be missed.
The 2006 election season is upon us! In keeping with Democracy For America’s goal of supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government, Asheville DFA is pleased to announce the following candidate endorsements:
- Van Duncan, Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Buncombe County.
- Susan Fisher, Democratic candidate for North Carolina House of Representatives, District 114.
- Doug Jones, Democratic candidate for North Carolina House of Representatives, District 116.
Now the fun part begins! We all want better democracy for America, right? Well, let’s get busy and do some work for candidates who are going to help us on that path to better democracy. Starting September 6th and continuing until the elections, Asheville DFA will be busy getting these candidates elected. It’ll be some hard work, but as anyone who worked on Asheville DFA’s campaigns for city council candidates last year can tell you, it’s also pretty fun. And it’s awfully satisfying to help good people like Van, Susan and Doug get elected. So come out to Asheville DFA’s next meeting, 7:00PM Wedensay, September 6th at the West Asheville Library, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to work!
For more information on our endorsed candidates, see the following web sites:
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