Friday, April 28, 2006

Iraq - Iraqis ignore Zarqawi, turn in al Qaeda

Earlier I posted about local Iraqis ignoring Zarqawi's call to arms.

Here's another report showing Iraqis have turned their back on Zarqawi.

Iraqi security forces captured the leader of the al-Qaida organization in Salahudin province in northern Iraq on Thursday, a local security source told Xinhua on Friday.

"An Iraqi security force stormed a village in Dujla area, some 150 km north of Baghdad, and captured Abdul Qadir Makhol, a leader of al-Qaida terrorist organization in the province," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi forces launched the attack at 6:00 p.m. (1400 GMT) and were acting according to intelligence received from local residents, the source said.

Makhol's capture came after Iraqi security forces killed two al-Qaida leaders in the province, including the leader (Ameer) of the Jazeera area and his assistant, three days ago.

On April 25, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, made an unprecedented appearance in a video, criticizing the new Iraqi government. He also warned U.S. President George W. Bush of more attacks to come.

What stands out about these reports, is that local Iraqis are informing on al Qaeda to Iraqi security forces who are carrying out the attacks without US assistance.

As the new Iraqi government takes office and the Iraqi security forces get stronger, watch for this kind of activity to escalate. The handwriting is on the wall for Zarqawi and al Qaeda in Iraq.

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