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8 mars 2008 6 08 /03 /mars /2008 21:29
Iraqi president says he wants strategic partnership with Turkey


U.S. soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat team, 3rd Infantry Division and Iraqi volunteer civilians are seen shortly after the second roadside bomb explosion of the day during the Sukhumi clearing operation Iraq, March 7, 2008 (AP)
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Abdullah Gul (R) during his arrival to presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, 7 March 2008 (EPA)
Iraqi Shiites attend Friday prayers at the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, south of Baghdad, Iraq, 7 March 2008 (EPA)
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Iraq's president said Saturday he was seeking a "strategic" partnership with Turkey as he wrapped up a visit aimed at easing tension sparked by Turkey's eight-day military mission inside Iraq.

Jalal Talabani, speaking to members of a Turkish-Iraqi joint business group, also called on Turkish businesses to invest in Iraq, saying increased oil revenues had now put his country in a position where it was able to meet payments.

"We want to forge strategic relations in all fields including oil, the economy, trade, culture and politics," Talabani said.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Talabani suggested that both countries set up a body whose aim would be to strengthen ties between the neighbors. "Let's set up a high council whose aim would be to develop and oversee relations," Talabani said. "This council could be headed by the prime minister or the foreign minister."

Talabani, a Kurd, arrived in Turkey on Friday to allay tensions caused by Turkey's military operation against Kurdish rebels who launch attacks on Turkey from bases in northern Iraq. the offensive ended a week ago.

Some had feared the incident could lead to a wider conflict between the two U.S. allies.

Talabani said Kurdish rebels would not be tolerated inside its borders, and said Iraq was continuing to put pressure on them to lay down their arms.

Turkey is concerned that the example set by the Iraqi Kurds, who run a virtual mini-state within Iraq, could encourage Turkey's Kurdish population to seek a similar arrangement.

During Turkey's ground incursion, Iraq demanded an immediate withdrawal and warned of the potential for clashes between Turkish troops and security forces of the semiautonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. The Turkish military, which is receiving U.S. intelligence, said it inflicted heavy losses on a large group of rebels in Iraq's Zap region. The PKK has disputed the claim.

The PKK has said it wants political and cultural autonomy for the predominantly Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey. The conflict started in 1984 and has killed tens of thousands of people.

On Saturday, Iraq's oil minister said his government will not recognize any oil deals that the northern Kurdish self-governing region has unilaterally inked with foreign companies. "The central government is in charge of the administration of natural resources and agreements not approved by the central government will not be recognized," Iraq's oil minister Hussain al-Shahristani said after a meeting with Turkey's Energy Minister Hilmi Guler.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has approved several contracts with international companies, causing tensions with the Iraqi government, which is seeking centralized control over the country's oil resources.

Guler said the two discussed projects to transport Iraqi oil and natural gas to Turkey. "We want to give gas to Turkey and we see it as a transit country," the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted al-Shahristani as saying.

Turkey buys oil from Iraq through a twin pipeline running from northern Iraq to a Turkish Mediterranean port. The United States supports plans for a gas pipeline from Iraq to Turkey to help meet Europe's growing energy demands.

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8 mars 2008 6 08 /03 /mars /2008 21:00

Coalition forces capture Special Groups facilitator, kill armed criminal

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces captured a suspected Special Groups facilitator and killed an armed criminal here early this morning.
The targeted individual was reportedly an Iranian-backed Special Groups facilitator who arranged for Special Groups criminal militia members to receive training in Iran. The training prepared Special Groups criminals for sniper, improvised explosive device and explosively formed penetrator attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces. As a facilitator, he reportedly coordinated Special Groups funding, training and weapons. Reports also indicate the wanted individual was an associate of Iranian-backed Special Groups criminals involved in attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces.

Upon arrival at the target area, Coalition forces were engaged by an armed man with an assault rifle. Coalition forces returned fire in self-defense, killing the criminal. Coalition forces continued the operation, capturing the wanted individual without further incident.

"While violence has decreased across the region, a tough fight remains ahead," said Lt. Col. Maura Gillen, MNF-I spokeswoman. "We will continue to pursue the criminal militias who dishonor al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr's cease-fire pledge by committing senseless acts of violence against the Iraqi people and the security forces that protect them."

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8 mars 2008 6 08 /03 /mars /2008 20:50
60 wanted arrested under security plan in Basra
Basra - Voices of Iraq


Saturday , 08 /03 /2008  Time 8:38:06


Basra, Mar 8, (VOI)- Basra police forces on Saturday arrested 60 persons suspected of involvement in crimes committed within the southern Iraqi city.


"The arrests took place under a new security plan carried out by the city police forces in order to hint down all criminals, groups and gangs practicing smuggling, killing, and kidnapping," the media spokesman for Basra police told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).
The spokesman added that checkpoints were manned in all outlets of the city as part of the new security plan.
Basra, a Shiite predominantly city, is 590 km south of Baghdad.

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5 mars 2008 3 05 /03 /mars /2008 21:11
Iran vs. The Iraqi Awakening  
By Thomas Joscelyn
Weekly Standard | Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Why is Iran going after al Qaeda’s enemies in Iraq? A few days ago, Iraqi spymaster Mohammed Abdullah Shahwani accused Iran of trying to sabotage al Qaeda’s opposition. "We have information confirming that Iranian secret services have sent agents to sabotage the Sahwa [i.e. the "Awakening"] experience in Iraq," Shahwani said shortly before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq. Shahwani "stressed the need for the Iraqi people to be vigilant in facing these activities."

The U.S. Military has apparently confirmed and added supporting details to Shahwani’s accusation. According to Adnkronos International (AKI), U.S. military spokesman Adm. Gregory Smith explained: "the American military recently obtained confessions from detainees who are members of the Al-Quds Brigade and other Shia group who have been arrested in various parts of Iraq, who said that they were assigned to carry out armed operations to kill the leaders and the members of the Awakening Councils, in order to destroy this experiment."

So, here we have yet another instance in which Iran’s interests coincide with al Qaeda’s. Upon reading these latest accusations I cannot help but think of all those who believe that Iran and America have common interests in Iraq. For example, in "Iran: Time for a New Approach," America’s foreign policy elite, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and the now current Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, argued:

Although they may differ profoundly on specifics, both the United States and Iran want postconflict governments in Iraq and Afghanistan that respect the rights of their diverse citizenries and live in peace with their neighbors. The hostility that characterizes U.S.-Iranian relations undermines these shared interests and squanders the potential benefits of even limited cooperation. As tenuous new governments in Baghdad and Kabul embark on precarious post-conflict futures, the United States and the region cannot afford to spurn any prospective contributions to the region’s stability.

What "shared interests" do the United States and Iran have in post-Saddam Iraq? Beats me. As for the "specifics," we are against al Qaeda and Iran is not. That is indeed a profound difference.

At some point we are going to have to recognize that Iran and al Qaeda are allies, no?



Iraq: Tehran is trying to sabotage anti-al-Qaeda groups, says US military spokesman

Baghdad, 3 March (AKI) - The US military claims to have proof that armed groups supported by Tehran are trying to sabotage Iraq's US-backed Awakening Councils, the armed neighbourhood groups that have successfully driven al-Qaeda out of many districts of Baghdad and elsewhere.

In an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), US military spokesman Adm Gregory Smith said that "the American military recently obtained confessions from detainees who are members of the Al-Quds Brigade and other Shia group who have been arrested in various parts of Iraq, who said that they were assigned to carry out armed operations to kill the leaders and the members of the Awakening Councils, in order to destroy this experiment."

Smith said that "the American forces have arrested 14 Iranians who represented a danger to the security of Iraq," without giving any other details.

The head of Iraqi intelligence, Muhammad Abdallah al-Shahwani declared a few days ago that elements of Iranian secret services planned to sabotage the Awakening Council project.

Al-Shahwani urged the Iraqi security apparatus to "follow suspicious activities and to collect all the information and clues provided by citizens, treating this with total secrecy and professionally in the interest of the country."

The US forces began arming Sunni tribes in the province of al-Anbar last year, creating the Awakening Councils, which were aimed at hunting down and driving out al-Qaeda members.

Smith's comments come as Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on an historic visit to Iraq, the first-ever visit to Iraq by an Iranian president.

On Monday, Ahmadinejad called the presence of foreign troops in Iraq a humiliation and an insult to the region. He did not mention the United States by name but America still has more than 150,000 soldiers based in Iraq, nearly five years after it led the 2003 invasion that led to the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The Iranian leader called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops.

He also accused the US of bringing terrorism to the region.

During his two day visit, Ahmadinejad also signed a number of co-operation agreements on trade and transport with his raqi counterpart, Jalal Talabani.


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5 mars 2008 3 05 /03 /mars /2008 20:58
Coalition targets al Qaeda's network in the Iraqi North

The top 10 members of al Qaeda in Iraq's network killed or captured in February 2008. Click to view.

As al Qaeda in Iraq is targeted in the northern city of Mosul, pressure continues to be applied to the terror network nationwide. US and Iraqi security forces have killed or captured 26 senior leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq's terror network over the past several weeks, Major General Kevin Bergner, the spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq said in a briefing in Baghdad on March 5. Many of those killed or captured have come from the northern regions, where al Qaeda is struggling to reestablish its network during a joint US and Iraqi military onslaught.

Eight of those killed were emirs, or leaders responsible for "a geographic or functional area," five were cell leaders, and 13 were facilitators "involved in supporting the network of foreign terrorists, organizing the movement and security of senior leaders of the terrorist cells, or the making and use of improvised explosives and suicide vests," Bergner said.

Bergner identified 11 of those killed or captured by name. The list highlights how al Qaeda's operations have shifted from Anbar and Baghdad provinces to the northern provinces of Diyala, Salahadin and Ninewa. Of those al Qaeda leaders identified, five operated in Mosul, two in Tikrit, one in Sharqat, and one in Baqubah, all in the north. Only two of those identified as killed or captured came from Baghdad.

Abu Yasir al Saudi: Also known as Jar Allah, Yasir entered Iraq in August 2007 and rose through the ranks to lead al Qaeda operations in southeastern Mosul. He was killed in an airstrike along with Hajji Hamdan in Mosul on Feb. 27. He trained and fought in Afghanistan prior to entering Iraq.

Hajji Hamdan: He led al Qaeda's anti-aircraft teams in Mosul and the surrounding areas. He was killed in an airstrike along with Abu Yasir al Saudi in Mosul on Feb. 27. Hamdan was also a Saudi Arabian national

• Abu Salim: An al Qaeda cell leader in Mosul who coordinated the movement of foreign terrorists into the Mosul region. He was killed on an unspecified date inside Mosul. Salim was also a Saudi Arabian national.

• Manhal Fadil Salih Ahmad: An al Qaeda cell leader in Yasir Abu Yasir al Saudi's network in southeastern Mosul behind attacks on US and Iraqi forces. Ahmad was captured on an unspecified date.

Nawaf Latfi Rida Jarrah. Click to view.

• Nawaf Latfi Rida Jarrah: The commander of Ansar al Islam's network in Mosul. He is behind attacks on US and Iraqi forces. Jarrah was captured on an unspecified date. Ansar al Islam is also known as Ansar al Sunnah, and has its roots in the Kurdish regions. Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud, the leader of Ansar al Islam, has close ties to Osama bin Laden. The terror group adheres to al Qaeda's radical Salafi ideology. Military commander Abu Abdullah al Shafi has admitted to carrying out operations with al Qaeda. Ansar al Islam has refused to subordinate itself to al Qaeda in Iraq due to issues with al Qaeda in Iraq's foreign leadership, several US military intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal.

• Ammar Rashid Barbuti Hassan: The emir of al Qaeda in Tikrit. Hassan also facilitated to movement of foreign terrorists into the region as well as made and transported weapons for attacks against US and Iraqi forces. Hassan was captured on an unspecified date.

• Fannr Mubarak Muhammad Farhan: An al Qaeda foreign terrorist and weapons facilitator, trainer, and jailer in Tikrit. He was captured in Tikrit.

• Najm ‘Abdallah ‘Abbas Mahdi: An al Qaeda cell leader that coordinated and carried out car bomb attacks and assassinations in Baghdad. He also moved weapons and explosives into southern Baghdad province. Mahdi was captured in Baghdad on an unspecified date.

• Jasim ‘Abdallah Salih Shibil: Al Qaeda's leader in Sharqat. He had previously operated in Bayji. Shibil was captured in Sharqat on an unspecified date.

• Rushdi Hamid Shihab Ahmad: Al Qaeda's military leader for the Karkh district in Baghdad behind car bomb attacks in western and southern Baghdad. Ahmad was captured in Baghdad on an unspecified date.

• Abu Hassan: Al Qaeda’s deputy leader for Diyala province who led the regional car bomb network. Hassan was killed in Baqubah on an unspecified date.

Other al Qaeda leaders recently killed or captured in February not included in Bergner's briefing include:

Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir: A senior intelligence officer of al Qaeda in Iraq’s network in Diyala. Khudayyir, who is also known as Karrar, was instrumental in facilitating suicide bombing attacks in the Diyala River Valley and in Baghdad. He was behind several of the female suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad and Diyala. Khudayyir was killed in Khan Bani Sa’ad on February 17.

• An unnamed suicide bombing cell leader and recruiter north of Baghdad. The cell leader was recruiting women to carry out suicide attacks against Iraqis and Coalition forces. The cell leader/recruiter was captured in Ghailibiyah, just north of Khan Bani Saad, in Diyala province.

The success against al Qaeda's leadership network in the North is the result of constant pressure against the terror group combined with the recruitment of the Sunni tribes and former insurgents to provide intelligence and security. The push against al Qaeda in the northern areas began after Baghdad and the surrounding regions, known as the Belts, were cleared during major combat operations during the summer of 2007. Multinational Forces Iraq and the Iraqi security forces first tackled the Za'ab triangle region, the area between Nineveh, Kirkuk (Tamin) and Salahuddin provinces, followed by clearing operations in Diyala, then finally the Ninewa operation, said Brigadier General Tony Thomas, the deputy commander of Multinational Division North in a briefing on March 3.

US and Iraqi forces began focusing on the North in the late summer of 2007. Operation Lightning Hammer II, launched in early September, focused on the Za'ab triangle region. The Concerned Local Citizens - now known as the Sons of Iraq - were recruited to provide local security. This was followed by Operations Iron Hammer and Raging Eagle in November and Operation Iron Reaper in December 2007. In January 2008, Operation Phantom Phoenix was launched to target al Qaeda's networks in the central and northern regions. Iron Harvest and Marne Thunderbolt, two subordinate operations to Phantom Phoenix, were launched in early January. Iron Harvest targeted al Qaeda's networks in Miqdadiyah and wider Diyala province, while Marne Thunderbolt targeted al Qaeda's networks in southern Baghdad province.

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4 mars 2008 2 04 /03 /mars /2008 20:00
President Jalal Talabani to visit Turkey
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq


Tuesday , 04 /03 /2008  Time 10:02:31


Baghdad, Mar 4, (VOI) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will pay an official visit to Turkey over the next few days, his office said Tuesday.

The visit was announced less than a week after Turkish troops withdrew from northern Iraq on Feb. 29, ending an 8-day incursion against Kurdish PKK rebels using bases in northern Iraq to launch guerrilla attacks in Turkey.
Iraqi authorities have said they do not support the PKK but objected to Turkey's military action. Talabani, himself a Kurd, welcomed the end of the incursion.
"The president will visit Turkey in the next few days for three days in response to an invitation from Turkish President Abdullah Gul," read a presidency office's statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
The Turkish army has launched a large-scale military operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter ensconced in the mountainous area between Iraq and Turkey.

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4 mars 2008 2 04 /03 /mars /2008 10:10
US commander: Iran still supporting militias in Iraq


Published:  03.04.08, 17:38 / Israel News

The former No. 2 US commander in Iraq says Iran is still training, funding and providing weapons to insurgents there.


Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno says Iran must be more helpful to its neighbor and stop supporting surrogate militias that are destabilizing Iraq. He added it is not surprising that there were fewer attacks during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent two-day visit to Baghdad. (AP)

Iran still backing extremists in Iraq: US general

Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, seen here in 2007, the number two commander of US troops in Iraq, charged on Tuesday that Iran is still training, funding and arming Shiite extremists in Iraq.(AFP/POOL/File/Maya Alleruzzo)
AFP/POOL/File Photo: Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, seen here in 2007, the number two commander of US troops...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The former number two US commander in Iraq charged Tuesday that Iran is still training, funding and arming Shiite extremists in Iraq, with the aim of keeping a weak government in Baghdad.


"I think we have to keep the pressure on them," said Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, who until recently was second in command in Iraq in charge of day-to-day military operations.

"What they ought to stop doing is training surrogates, funding surrogates and supplying weapons to them, which they are still doing today," he told reporters.

Odierno's comments came just a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a withdrawal of US forces from Iraq during the first visit ever to Iraq by an Iranian president.

Ahmadinejad was warmly received by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, who said there was "a high level of trust" between them, and praised Iran's recent position toward Iraq as "extremely helpful."

US lawmakers denounced the Iranian's president's visit, but the commander of US forces in the Middle East, Admiral William Fallon, said it was an opportunity for Iraqi leaders to press Ahmadinejad to stop the arms flow.

"This is a venue in which we might be able to move some kind of a dialogue forward to get them to be more cooperative and helpful in this area," Fallon said.

"The levels of lethal assistance into Iraq (are) difficult for us to pinpoint but there certainly has been a diminution of activity in the last several months, particularly with regard to these IEDs, explosively formed penetrators," he said.

"How much of this is directly the result of decisions made in Tehran, how much is due to our own people and their good work in the field, I don't know," he said. "But this kind of trend is something we want to see accelerated and moved on."

Odierno acknowledged that Iraq needed good relations with Iran, but questioned whether Iran is being "helpful," citing its continued support for Shiite extremists.

The general alluded to a boast on Monday by Ahmadinejad that he was able to visit Iraq openly, unlike other foreign leaders who made unannounced visits that lasted just a few hours.

"My comment is I'm not surprised. Because over the last 12 months whenever a visitor would come from the United States, we needed to foil a rocket attack, he said.

"Guess what? That is because it was being done by an Iranian surrogate."

Odierno cited Iran as one of several factors that could reverse gains made over the past year in reducing the violence, along with intra-Shia violence and a spectacular attack that could rekindle sectarian violence.

He said Iran's support for insurgent groups was "about keeping, in my opinion, a weak government in Iraq, and Iran benefits from that. And that's something we have to keep looking at as we move forward."

Press Release A080303a
March 3, 2008

Coalition Forces capture Special Groups facilitator; detain two suspects

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces captured a suspected Special Groups facilitator and detained one other suspected criminal early Monday in Mashru, south of Baghdad.
The targeted individual was reportedly a Special Groups logistical advisor for Wasit Province. As a logistical leader, he allegedly facilitated the movement of Special Groups criminals involved in sniper and explosively formed penetrator, EFP, attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces. He is also suspected of facilitating weapon shipments to include EFPs, rockets and mortars. Reports also indicate the wanted individual was an associate of Iranian-backed Special Groups criminal element leaders involved in attacks on Iraqi and Coalition Forces.

Intelligence led ground forces to the target area where they captured the wanted individual and the one other suspected criminal without incident.

“Coalition Forces will continue to apply pressure on criminal militias that are not honoring al Sayyed Muqtada al Sadr’s pledge to cease attacks,” said Lt. Michael Street, MNF-I spokesperson.
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2 mars 2008 7 02 /03 /mars /2008 23:59

Coalition forces capture Special Groups leader, detain three other suspects

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces captured an alleged Special Groups criminal militia leader and detained three other suspected criminals early Sunday in the Numaniyah area, south of Baghdad.
The operation targeted a suspected criminal militia member reportedly involved in attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces as a Special Groups leader in al-Kut. The suspect allegedly attended paramilitary and explosively formed penetrator training in Iran. Reports indicate he was an associate of several other Special Groups criminal element leaders also involved in attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces.

Intelligence led ground forces to the target area where they captured the wanted suspect and three other suspected criminals without incident. During the operation, Coalition forces also discovered two sniper rifles, one assault rifle and multiple magazines.

“Coalition forces continue to target the criminal elements responsible for attacks against Iraqi Security Forces, Coalition forces and Iraqi citizens,” said Cmdr. Scott Rye, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition forces will continue to take action against those who dishonor al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr’s cease-fire pledge.”

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1 mars 2008 6 01 /03 /mars /2008 22:58

UPDATE: Coalition forces identify AQI leader, associate killed in Mosul raid

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The terrorists killed during an operation Wednesday in Mosul have been positively identified as Jar Allah, also known as Abu Yasir al-Saudi, and Hamdan.


Two Saudi al Qaeda operatives killed in Mosul

Map of Mosul. Click map to view.

As US and Iraqi security forces position forces to remove al Qaeda in Iraq from its last urban stronghold, Multinational Forces Iraq killed two senior Saudi al Qaeda operatives in the northern city. Multinational Forces Iraq announced today it killed Abu Yasir al Saudi and Hamdan during a helicopter strike at the end of February.

Abu Yasir al Saudi was al Qaeda in Iraq’s emir, or leader, of southeastern Mosul. Yasir fought NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan prior to arriving in Mosul in August 2007 “with a group of foreign terrorists,” Multinational Forces Iraq stated. His initial posting was a local cell leader, but he rose through the ranks of al Qaeda in Iraq. He was later appointed as a “key operational leader responsible for orchestrating, as well as participating in, attacks conducted by his [al Qaeda in Iraq] foreign terrorist network throughout the city.” He became the emir of southeastern Mosul after his commander was captured by Task Force 88, the hunter-killer teams assigned to dismantling al Qaeda in Iraq’s network, on Feb. 18.

Yasir also had close links to the leaders of al Qaeda’s northern network and was said to be a close associate of Abu Ayyub al Masri, al Qaeda in Iraq’s commander. Yasir facilitated, planned, and participated in improvised explosive device and small-arms attacks against US and Iraqi forces in Mosul. He was behind an attempted attack using a 5,000 pound truck bomb. Yasir’s cell disguised a truck with markings of a Red Crescent food relief vehicle, but US forces found and destroyed the vehicle before his could be used to kill civilians and security forces.

Hamdan was a close associate of Yasir, although it is not clear when he entered Iraq. He helped foreign terrorists enter Mosul and “led a regional anti-aircraft ring.”

Saudi Arabian nationals make up the largest element of the foreign al Qaeda fighters, according to al Qaeda documents seized by US forces and analyzed West Point's Combating Terrorism Center. Based on documentation found during the capture of Muthanna, al Qaeda’s emir along the Iraq/Syrian border who was responsible for facilitating the entry of foreign terrorists, 41 percent of foreign fighters were from Saudi Arabia. “Libyan nationals accounted for the second largest group entering Iraq in that time period with about 19 percent of the total, followed by Syrians and Yemenis each at 8 percent, Algerians with 7 percent and Moroccans at 6 percent,” Reuters reported.

Yasir and Hamdan’s deaths highlight al Qaeda’s Central Command’s commitment to Iraq. Yasir was deployed from Afghanistan to Iraq in August 2007, just when it became clear al Qaeda was encountering problems due to the massive offensive launched against the terror network in 2007. In late October, Osama bin Laden, the global leader of al Qaeda, lamented the terror group’s tactic situation. Bin Laden said “the darkness has become pitch black" for al Qaeda in Iraq, yet exhorted its leaders to change tactics and continue the fight.

US and Iraqi security force have increased the pressure on al Qaeda in Mosul. Multinational Forces Iraq said 142 al Qaeda leaders and operatives have been killed or captured in Mosul since January, when the Iraqi government said it would launch a decisive battle against the terror group. Al Qaeda’s leaders and fighters have migrated to Mosul after being ejected from its strongholds in Baghdad, Anbar, and Diyala provinces.

US and Iraqi security forces have conducted major sweeps against al Qaeda in Iraq cells in Mosul throughout January. The larger raids netted one al Qaeda fighter killed and 14 captured on Feb. 11, 21 captured on Feb. 13, 11 captured on Feb. 22, and 27 captured on Feb. 23.

But the sweeps and clearing operations are only the beginning. US and Iraqi security forces are using the same model as was used in Baghdad – establishing security outposts in the heart of the neighborhood throughout Mosul. At least 18 Combat Outposts, which are manned jointly by US and Iraqi forces, are being built in Mosul to prevent al Qaeda from reestablishing itself once the neighborhoods have been cleared.

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1 mars 2008 6 01 /03 /mars /2008 20:58
US troops capture recruiter of female suicide bombers north of Baghdad

U.S. soldiers, along with Iraqi police, clear and patrol the town of Aswad in the Diyala Province of Iraq, Feb. 19, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Mulligan.

Task Force 88, the special operations hunter-killer teams tasked with dismantling al Qaeda in Iraq’s senior leaders and wider network, has captured a suicide bomb cell leader and recruiter north of Baghdad. The cell leader, who has not been identified, was recruiting women to carry out suicide attacks against Iraqis and Coalition forces.

"The cell leader used his wife and another woman, to act as carriers of his next SVEST [suicide Vest] attack," a Multinational Forces Iraq press release stated.

The cell leader / recruiter was captured in Ghailibiyah, just north of Khan Bani Sa'ad, in Diyala province. "A high level of intelligence led to the successful operation," Major Daniel J. Meyers, a spokesman for Multinational Division – North said in the press release.

The ID badge for al Qaeda intelligence chief Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir. also known as Karrar. Click to view.

This is the second high-ranking al Qaeda operative know to be involved with using women in bombing attacks that was killed or captured over the past two weeks in Diyala province. On Feb. 17, Task Force 88 killed Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir, also known as Karrar, during a raid in Khan Bani Sa’ad. Karrar was a senior al Qaeda intelligence operative in Diyala province that planned suicide bombing attacks in the Diyala River Valley and Baghdad. Karrar's network also launched female bombing attacks into Baghdad. Intelligence gleaned from the raid against Karrar was likely behind the latest capture.

Al Qaeda in Iraq has increasingly relied on women bomber to cause mass-casualty events. Mentally handicapped women have been employed by al Qaeda to catch security forces off balance. Women and the mentally handicapped are not considered threats.

From April 2003 to May 2006, women carried out only five bombing attacks in Iraq. Since January 2008, al Qaeda used women in at least four suicide bombing attacks.

On Feb. 1, al Qaeda in Iraq used two mentally disabled women to conduct attacks at markets in Baghdad. The bombs claimed the lives of at least 73 Iraqi civilians and wounded more than 167. The women were later confirmed to have Downs Syndrome. A director at a Baghdad mental hospital was later arrested for recruiting the women for the attacks. On Feb. 17, Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad stopped a female suicide bomber before she could reach her target. Three Iraqis were killed and ten were wounded after her vest was detonated prematurely. A female suicide bomber killed 7 Iraqis and wounded 15 in an attack at a traffic circle in Khan Bani Sa’ad, on Jan. 16.

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