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Friday, December 09, 2005

Butcher of Ramadi - Turned in by Locals

Interesting News about a recent capture:

Citizens Turn Over 'Butcher of Ramadi' to Iraqi, U.S. Troops
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2005 – The terrorist known as "the Butcher of Ramadi" was detained today, turned in by local citizens in the provincial capital of Iraq's Anbar province, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

Amir Khalaf Fanus -- listed third on a "high-value individuals" list of terrorists wanted by the 28th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team -- was wanted for criminal activities including murder and kidnapping. Ramadi citizens brought him to an Iraqi and U.S. forces military base in Ramadi, where he was taken into custody.

Fanus was well known for his crimes against the local populace. He is the highest-ranking al Qaeda in Iraq member to be turned in to Iraqi and U.S. officials by local citizens.

His capture is another indication that the local citizens tire of the terrorists' presence within their community, Multinational Force Iraq officials said, adding that Iraqi and U.S. forces have witnessed increasing signs of citizens fighting the terrorists in Ramadi as the Dec. 15 national elections draw near.
Officials said 1,200 more Iraqi soldiers recently have been posted in Ramadi. About

1,100 Iraqi special police commandos and a mechanized Iraqi army company completed their planned movement into the city. This plan has Iraqi security forces assuming more of the security responsibilities from the U.S. forces, officials said. As in other locations, as security improves, Iraqi police also will be introduced gradually.

Yes, yes... it's from the Dept of Defense, so we all know it's a bunch of bull$h!t. And let's hope and pray that this guy doesn't get tortured... because a little rough shirt-grabbing would be terrible

But, as Clifford May points out at NRO's Corner:
The key phrase here may be “turned in by local citizens.” I was talking by phone with an Army major in Iraq this week. He said the most encouraging metric of all may be the number of tips about terrorists now being provided by Iraqis – it’s way up, it’s in the thousands.

When the military has intelligence, when they have targets, they know what to do.

No doubt this news will be met by scorn from the Kossacks & DUers, claiming that this guy really isn't as big a catch as the DOD or the Iraqis claim. Who am I kidding? The DUers and Kossacks won't even know about this story until the NYTimes and NBC's Today Show pick it up (if they ever do).

Happy Friday, everyone!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler