Thursday, June 15, 2006


The hunt resumes

He called it a "huge treasure ... a huge amount of information."

(AP) Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie holds up a copy of a document purported to have...Full ImageWhen asked how he could be sure the information was authentic, al-Rubaie said "there is nothing more authentic than finding a thumbdrive in his pocket."

"We believe that this is the beginning of the end of al-Qaida in Iraq," al-Rubaie said, adding that the documents showed al-Qaida is in "pretty bad shape," politically and in terms of training, weapons and media.

"Now we have the upper hand," he said at a news conference in Baghdad. "We feel that we know their locations, the names of their leaders, their whereabouts, their movements, through the documents we found during the last few days."

The work remains to be done, but still, this is a crushing defeat for al-Qeada. That we now have names, and places, even if they're running, a target rich enviroment. Big names, if we nab them, mean much better intell. It's not just Iraq either, this could cripple their operations in the whole region. We haven't won the war yet, but this may be our battle of Midway in this war, the singular moment when it all turns in our favor. A lot of work to do...

but a major victory to be sure.


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