KristianMenchaca-ThomasTucker.jpg[More uncensored news from Iraq, as written by soldiers in the field]

BAGHDAD - Special Iraqi Army Forces, with coalition advisors, captured an Al Qaeda in Iraqi terror cell leader during operations Dec. 26 in Al Yousifiyah, south of Baghdad.

The terrorist is believed responsible for kidnapping two US Soldiers from a checkpoint in Yousifiyah in June, 2006. The Soldiers were later found tortured and murdered.

Recently, the terrorist was commenting on the kidnapping during the showing of a video CD at a Yousifiyah mosque. The CD reportedly showed the kidnapping of the US Soldiers. The terrorist is also suspected of perpetrating numerous kidnappings, murders and other violent crimes within the Yousifiyah area.

Iraqi forces conducted an air-assault operation and quickly captured the terrorist without incident. One other person detained was later released.

There was minimal damage done to the objective. There were no Iraqi civilian, Iraqi forces or Coalition Forces casualties.

[End Centcom release]

I have added some background and previous TJR coverage of this below.

This man is believed to have led the cell that kidnapped Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker. Other terrorists linked to the cell and believed responsible for the murder and mutilation of their bodies were killed or captured in July.

Jawa report posts on the graphic sickening videos of this war crime here and here.

Lorie Byrdís report on why you should see what a real war criminal is located here.

As horrible as the image of the recent video must be, I couldnít help but think that maybe some of those who have forgotten, or who never fully recognized the extent of evil we face, should see it. Could anyone watch such a thing and remain complacent about the threat of terrorism?

After all we have now seen, it is impossible to deny the evil that we face, although there are still some who try to justify or diminish it.

alternate AP source here at Yahoo News.

Posted by: Howie at 11:43 AM


1 These last few months have been pretty rough for our brave troops fighting for us, but there have been a couple of stories in recent days that have lifted my spirits. Every time wecapture one of these Death Cult deadenders alive, I have to smile. I hope he wastes away for years, knowing that the martyrdom he wants so badly will never come to him.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at December 28, 2006 01:16 PM

2 This must really piss off Devil's Advocate.

Posted by: Greyrooster at December 28, 2006 01:54 PM

3 Hats off to the IA team.
Well done lads; well done.

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at December 28, 2006 04:39 PM

4 What the stories don't mention is that the captured cell leader is most likely being tortured by the Iraqis for information.I hope it hurts like hell. I'd pay money to listen to him screaming like a bitch.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 28, 2006 08:46 PM

5 I've more or less been doing nothing to speak of. I've just been hanging out waiting for something to happen, but it's not important. Whatever

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