I just have to post a couple comments from the commenters at Free Republic upon hearing of this news…very funny…
- “It can’t be true. Al Qaeda is NOT in Iraq. The MSM told me so.”
- “Find the water board!”
- “Put panties on his head.”
- “Not dead? Not shot? What the h*ll is this arrest sh*t??”
- “Hang him quick,now.”
- “Bush’s fault.”
No confirmation from the US military yet, but Breitbart is reporting:
BAGHDAD (AP) – The Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman says the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested in the northern city of Mosul.Spokesman Mohammed al-Askari says the arrest of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was confirmed to him by the Iraqi commander of the province.
There was no immediate confirmation fromon the arrest.
Al-Askari did not say Thursday when thewas arrested. News of the arrest was also reported by Iraqi state television.
And other background info from Reuters:
DUBAI, May 9 (Reuters) – In an hour-long audio tape issued last month, Muhajir called for renewed attacks on American troops.
He urged militants from the Sunni Islamist group to “celebrate” the recent announcement that the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq had passed 4,000.
“We must celebrate this event in our special way, and make the defeated Bush join us in this celebration,” he said.
He called on al Qaeda fighters to provide “a head of an American as a present to the trickster Bush” in a month-long campaign that he called the “Attack of Righteousness”.