The Noose Tightens

Two key lieutenants of terrorist leader Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi have been arrested in Iraq:

Sami Mohammed al-Jafi, known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, is accused of being behind some 32 car bombings since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, it said….

Iraqi forces said they also captured another insurgent earlier this month, Nayef Abbas al-Zubaydi, who heads the Abu Talha group linked to the Jordanian militant Zarqawi in the lawless northern city of Mosul, Naqib said.

Zubaydi, known as Abu Moawiya, was captured barely two weeks after the arrest of the previous leader of the group, Zain Abdallah Salah Khalaf al-Jib, or Abu Karam.

The noose is tightening around Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi as coalition forces and Iraq troops continue to slowly peel away the outer layers of his terrorist infrastructure. The US has learned much of network-centric warfare in recent years, with notable successes in the capture of key Ba’athist officials including Saddam Hussein. As Zarqawi’s group becomes increasingly isolated within Iraq and fewer and fewer opportunities to find safe haven occur, it becomes only a matter of time before the Jordianian butcher himself find himself captured or killed.

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