Skip to comments.How Surveillance and Betrayal Led to a Hunt's End (Zarqawi)
Posted on 06/09/2006 2:27:39 PM PDT by StJacques
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 8 Muhammad Ismael, a 40-year-old Iraqi taxi driver, was standing outside his home in the tiny village of Hibhib on Wednesday evening when something unusual caught his eye.
Three GMC trucks, each with blackened windows, rumbled past his home and toward the little house in a nearby grove of date palms that for more than three years had stood abandoned.
"It was something very strange," Mr. Ismael said in a telephone interview on Thursday. "That house is always empty."
Meanwhile, in Baghdad, American military commanders believed that they had at last cornered their most coveted prey: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist whose murderous onslaught against Iraqi civilians and American troops had made him the most wanted man in all Iraq.
For the first time, the Americans believed, they had a source deep inside his terrorist group. Mr. Zarqawi, the source told them, was in the little house in the palm grove.
American jets were in the sky above. . . .
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When the spiritual advisor led Usaf to Zwachari, Usaf was pleased and sent them two 500 pound virgins.
Unless some or all of it is DIS information.
Got a fact wrong, though. He was alive when the troops / police found him.
Wouldn't "no comment" be a better answer?
To me, this is a big deal. Each "freedom fighter" now has to start watching his own back. Muhammed might not be as be as loyal as you think he is.
The neighbor says the house was usually unoccupied. Yet with the group was a woman and child. Obviously they didn't live there. Therefore their most likely use was for appearances when traveling -- just another family driving around.
Whoever was in the third SUV is going to get labeled the snitch. If they aren't dead already, they better go deep. Probably in coalition custody by now.
Also, if there was a brief firefight before the bombs hit, then the Zark-o-man really did know he was in a fix before he got it.
Gotta wonder if the NYT saying "Muhammad Ismael, a 40-year-old Iraqi taxi driver, was standing outside his home in the tiny village of Hibhib" will be enough to get Mr. Ismael killed by people who don't think he should be noticing things like that and telling it to the American press. Not that the NYT cares.
One of the F-16's, now in position over Hibhib, released a laser-guided 500-pound bomb.
Bam! The terrorists thought they were in the gunfight of their lives. Unfortunately for them, they brought guns to a bombfight.
"Take the gun, leave the cannoli ..."
Actually this is good psych-op procedure. Now that the Jihadists think there are Iraqi born moles among them, there will be a lot more distrust between all of them.
I can imagine a meeting of the next "top 10" in the network. They are all sitting around a table looking at each other and trying to figure out which one will take over leadership of the group. Knowing that someone ratted the Zarkman out, probably is weighing heavily on their minds! Just exactly who was it?? "Hey, did anyone notice Abdul is never around when the infidels are attacking the Z-Man??" "Have you noticed how Abu seems to be quite a bit richer lately?"" etc...
Unless you are trying to sow fear within the terrorists. Now they don't know who to trust. Maybe we don't have any inside sources, and just have good sigint.
Also, it included a myth which has since been debunked. There was no child in the dwelling.
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