Monday, January 24, 2005

Getting My Hopes Up (a little)

I don't know how excited to get about the capture of Zarqawi's bomb maker. I'd like to think that this is a great opportunity to snap the spine of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Or even, maybe, a chance to get Zarqawi himself.

Abu Omar al-Kurdi "is blamed for over 30 bombings including the attack on the U.N. headquarters in August 2003 which killed special envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 20 others, and a blast in Najaf the same month which killed 80, including a top Shi'ite cleric." NPR just claimed that he has confessed to many of these bombings.

I don't want to get my hopes up. Still, it's good news for Iraq and our guys over there, both in and out of uniform.

Update: The confession looks real. From the Detroit Free Press, "Authorities say that since his capture, al-Jaaf has confessed to helping plan or build 32 car and truck bombs that killed hundreds of people, including a major strike on the UN compound in Baghdad in August 2003.

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