Zarqawi Surrounded (UPDATED)

Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Nakib announced today that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (Iraq), has been surrounded.

The Sofia News Agency reports the Interior Minister as saying, "He is surrounded in a certain area, and we hope for the best. This operation is ongoing. We hope that the situation will be completely different in Iraq at the end of this year."

Al-Nakib said al-Zarqawi was moving in "more than one area," but declined to provide more details, reports BNN.

Fingers. Crossed.

UPDATE: Novinite, which is the official foreign news agency of Bulgaria, was where this story first appeared. Later, the AP picked up the story and clarified that al-Nakib's remarks were much more general than the Novinite story.

Apparently what al-Nakib meant was that Zarqawi would eventually be captured because the Iraqi security forces are gradually taking control of the streets and winning the war.

An interesting fact bolsters his argument from the Zarqawi produced murder video released Sunday that we posted images from here. For the first time, Zarqawi uses a silenced pistol to murder the hostage victim.

As reader Eric J. notes:

The silenced pistol says to me that they are:

A. In an urban area where neighbors may hear them. (No surprise, the hostage takers seem to mostly have kept their hostages in urban areas, rather than taking them out somewhere in the countryside.)

B. Do not want to attract attention to themselves - do not control their surroundings.

It seems to indicate that random gunfire is something that would be noticed and investigated, where that was probably not the case a few months ago.

Indeed.

Posted by: Rusty at 08:20 AM

Comments

1 Once we capture this filth, the left will howl if we beat his ass a bit. The left cannot stand it if we stack some prisoners, take candid pictures or insult the filth in anyway. Don't feed your animals enough and they will throw you in Jail.

Starve a handicapped woman to death? No problem!

Posted by: OBSNOOKS at March 28, 2005 09:24 AM

2 Al-Nakib said al-Zarqawi was moving in "more than one area,"...

What, he's some kind of quantum terrorist now? Quick, break out the trans-dimensional cluster bomblets!

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at March 28, 2005 10:19 AM

3 "the filth"

Support our troops. Demonize and dehumanize those fighting on the other side.

What a lovely game we play.

Posted by: none at March 28, 2005 10:35 AM

4 It's apparently a game you play. Animals who butcher innocents have forfeited their right to life.

Posted by: electronicIDF at March 28, 2005 10:49 AM

5 Support our troops. Demonize and dehumanize those fighting on the other side.

Yup. "Filth" is about right for someone who saws a person's head off. What would you call him? Misunderstood?

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 10:50 AM

6 none, are you serious?!? How exactly have U.S. efforts demonized/dehumanized him anymore than his actions already have?
Unless of course you think he's justified. In that case I'd like to introduce you to a concept known as 'reality'.

Posted by: Dough at March 28, 2005 10:57 AM

7 calling zarqawi and is ilk FITLH is an INSULT TO FILTH!

Posted by: reliapundit at March 28, 2005 10:57 AM

8 Let's hope!

Posted by: Taylor at March 28, 2005 10:59 AM

9 I am sure he will get what is coming to him.

Anyone notice how our Italian Kidnapping Victim is not in the press anymore?

Big earthquake today. Looks like God is not finished punishing the muslims. Might just be the Lord mopping up the stragglers.

Posted by: Filthy Allah at March 28, 2005 11:34 AM

10 So you don't like me calling terrorists "filth"-

I suppose you call him a freedom fighter-

Filth is not strong enough me thinks. How about skin bag for shit.....

Posted by: Ob Snooks at March 28, 2005 11:36 AM

11 None sounds kinda like colon

Posted by: REMF at March 28, 2005 11:44 AM

12 "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
Who the hell are you, None? Games; those who disregard the sacrifices that men and women make willingly in your name, scoff at those who are beheaded by a dull blade, and memorialize those who truly commit crimes against humanity... We don't need to agree with every aspect of administration policy, or actions that come as a result of it...but you probably believe September 11th to be an intelectual slap across the face as part of the "games we play".
I thank the Lord that those I know are of a greater ilk and calling than you.
And although I despise your filth, I'll keep serving as well..."the game".

Posted by: USmarine at March 28, 2005 11:51 AM

13 And he is going to get what is coming to him as well, none...you can weep for him...
And I'll meet you at his grave when you bring your flowers.

Posted by: USmarine at March 28, 2005 11:54 AM

14 none: There's no need to demonize an already-evil man.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 28, 2005 12:14 PM

15 US Marine: Thank you man!

Posted by: Ob Snooks at March 28, 2005 12:17 PM

16 I concur with Mr. Ob Snooks.

We and many others are appreciative.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 28, 2005 12:28 PM

17 This account of Zarqawi being surrounded sounds like a false alarm to me. It may be the result of a mistranslation. I wouldn't get my hopes up if I was you.

Posted by: greg at March 28, 2005 02:43 PM

18 Nothing would be too much for this Z chump, but I do have a problem with torturing inocent people (as I am one), as are many in Gitmo, etc. I dont think that anyone in or out of the military really disputes that, so yes there is a problem. And we should try and solve it. Thus classifying everyone in the miltary justice system as filth is not a good start- which is what some seemed to be saying.

Posted by: Max at March 28, 2005 03:45 PM

19 look like bunch of americans does not use the brain they were given..

but it is understandable, their knowledge of other cultures is let's say.. inadequate.

the way I see beheadings is that it is their way of killing very much compared to gas chambers or lethal injections on bush's ranch..

You so correct guys that you rather let someone to die for at least 11 days without water and food instead of one single quick injection..

Posted by: Vaclav Kabat at March 28, 2005 04:07 PM

20 >>>"You so correct guys that you rather let someone to die for at least 11 days without water and food instead of one single quick injection.."

You almost make a good point. But you're barking up the wrong tree. The guys who favor starving that woman to death are the same people weeping for Zarqawi and moaning about culturally innapropriate meals at Guantanamo.

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 04:51 PM

21 This is great news! When he is caught, I hope he is brought to court and tried for the crimes he has committed.

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 28, 2005 06:06 PM

22 Collin,

why don't I believe you? That was too easy.

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 07:35 PM

23 COLLIN: "I've heard that the head-choppers are actually run by the Mukhabarat."

I was right. That was too easy.

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 07:39 PM

24 According to Ritter, the nexus of the Zarqawi Groupies and the Mukhabarat appears to have been formed after the foreign invasion overthrew the Iraqi government.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9FA18AFB-F2C9-4678-8E6A-3595D91B83A1.htm

We'll see what happens.





Posted by: Collin Baber at March 28, 2005 08:11 PM

25 my god Collin. Next you'll quote us Baghdad Bob.

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 08:17 PM

26 Scott Ritter is a Marine and a former Intel Officer. His statements have so far been pretty accurate, given circumstances. I trust his statements just as much as Michael Scheuer's assessments.

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 28, 2005 08:44 PM

27 SCOTT RITTER: "According to my contacts, the goal in creating a foreign Islamist face for the violence taking place in Iraq is to get the Iraqi populace to turn away from Iyad Allawi and the US military as a source of stability, and endorse the return of the Baathists (under a new guise, to be sure), who would then deal with the Islamists by shutting down an operation the Mukhabarat thinks they control."

Collin,

The Iraqi "resistance", whoever they may be, have failed miserably. The people have not turned to the baathists, they've turned to the democrats.

In the final analysis, neither of us can know for sure who's lying or telling the truth. All I know is that whoever's exploding those bombs must be exterminated, and our marines are doing all that's in their power to do so. That's what's most important.

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 08:59 PM

28 I agree, let's see what happens when Mr. Zarqawi is brought to court.

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 28, 2005 09:43 PM

29 Thank our Marines... What about the Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen. We work too!!!

Posted by: John Cleaver at March 28, 2005 10:28 PM

30 "Scott Ritter is a Marine and a former Intel Officer. His statements have so far been pretty accurate, given circumstances."

Collin, Scott Ritter said that the US did not have the military wherewithal to take Baghdad, and that US defeat in Iraq was "inevitable". (You can read about it here) Does that sound "pretty accurate" to you?

Oh, and btw, Scott was arrested in New York State for trying to entice what he thought was an underage girl he met in a chat room. It was a police decoy. D'oh! (You can read about it here). Collin, why don't you ask Michael Jackson for his opinion, too?

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at March 28, 2005 10:37 PM

31 John,

Marines steal your thunder, and it's not fair. Are there even any marines left in Iraq right now? God bless all our servicemen and women.

Posted by: Carlos at March 28, 2005 10:52 PM

32 Dear Bluto,

If the U.S. actually "took" Baghdad, then all the duties required of any occupying power would have been carried out per the Geneva Convention, including full control and administration. As the U.S. has not been able to achieve monopoly-of-force in Baghdad, it miserably fails the litmus test for having either taken it or having had controlled it. So far, Ritter's 2003 prediction has not entered the endgame phase - the phase when American troops depart Iraq.


Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 12:30 AM

33 "The battle for Iraq's sovereign future is a battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. As things stand, it appears that victory will go to the side most in tune with the reality of the Iraqi society of today: the leaders of the anti-U.S. resistance."

--Scott Ritter, 25 July , 2004 to zmag.


How embarrassing to be a Leftist these days.

Posted by: Carlos at March 29, 2005 01:07 AM

34 Any more of Colon Babler the traitor and I'll puke. Heads off traitors.

CARLOS: You're right about the Marines stealing the show. Don't they always. Is there a reason? In Fallujah there was no one in front of my son and his men except the enemy. Or should I say whats left of the enemy. Lesson learned, keep cool and get the guy with the camera first.
And surprise, surprise. Guess where he's headed now.
Semper Fi til I die.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 29, 2005 03:38 AM

35 Greyrooster,

If you wish to puke, it's ok.

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 03:48 AM

36 I wish to puke on you. I usually get my wishes.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 29, 2005 04:45 AM

37 Greyrooster,

Are you ready to apologize?

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 05:57 AM

38 You really can tell who the pansy,bedwetting, liberal cowards are here.

Oh and, Scott Ritter is a child molester. No wonder the left turns to him for info-

Posted by: OB Snooks at March 29, 2005 07:52 AM

39 Dear Obsnooks and Greyrooster,

I hide behind nothing.

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 04:31 PM

40 Colon Babler: Still lying huh.
We will see what happens at your trial. Be assured, you will have one.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 30, 2005 04:43 AM

41 Vaclav Kabat: When do you wish to move here?

Posted by: greyrooster at April 02, 2005 10:15 AM






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