Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Today's Iraq News


Al Zarqawi's Military Advisor Captured
Security forces in Iraq captured a military advisor of most wanted militant Abu Musaab Al Zarqawi, according to a press release issued by the Iraqi government Tuesday. Anad Mohammad Hamad Al Qaysi, also known as Abu Walid, was captured on Jan. 24 in southern Baghdad. The statement said Abu Walid was a 41-year-old Iraqi who helped finance operations in Baghdad and was associated with other recently arrested insurgents including Abu Sayf, who al Zarqawi had appointed as emir of Baghdad. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)

21 Dead, 27 Hurt in Iraq Suicide Bombing
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Iraqis outside an army recruitment center Tuesday, killing 21 other people and injuring 27 more, the U.S. military said. It was the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital since last week's election. (AP)

Egyptian Hostages Freed In Iraq
Four Egyptian engineers who were kidnapped in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have been freed by US forces. (BBC)

Al Zarqawi In-Law Tied To 2003 Attack
Abu Musab al Zarqawi's father-in-law carried out a suicide bombing in the Shia holy city of Najaf that killed a leading Iraqi cleric, according to two senior Kurdish intelligence officials. (Newsday) Al Hayat newspaper had reported the same last December. The newspaper spoke with sources in al Zarqawi's hometown of al Zarqaa in Jordan who confirmed that Yassin Jarad carried out the attack.

Blair Hints At New Iraq Timetable
British and US governments to publish Iraq exit strategy, PM says. (The Guardian)

Syria Hands Over Moroccans Who Tried to Enter Iraq Through Borders
Two men were handed over to Morocco after trying to get into Iraq through the borders with Syria, judicial sources told al Hayat newspaper. An investigation is underway to determine whether they were planning to join the resistance. The sources said one of the men lived in Europe. Information obtained by al Hayat's indicates that the men had tried to enter Afghanistan through Pakistan in the past. (Al Hayat)