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September 16, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

AQI AGAIN?....U.S. military officials say they've captured the man who murdered sheikh Abdul Sattar Abu Risha last Thursday:

During a raid of three buildings west of Balad on Saturday, U.S. soldiers captured Fallah Khalifa Hiyas Fayyas al-Jumayli, also known as Abu Khamis, a man described in a military statement as "closely allied with senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in the region."

Look, I wouldn't be at all surprised if AQI was responsible for Risha's murder. But am I the only one who finds this statement to be disturbingly weasel-worded? "Closely allied" with AQI "leaders in the region"? I imagine that's something you could say about most of the Sunni extremists in Anbar province.

Was AQI really involved with the murder, or is this just another strained attempt to somehow mention "al-Qaeda" in a high-profile case? Straight answers, please.

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Straight answers? And from whom are you expecting these straight answers?

You are either being sarcastic or you are dreaming.

Posted by: James E. Powell on September 16, 2007 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

Probably the "Number two guy", right?

Posted by: apishapa on September 16, 2007 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

But am I the only one who finds this statement to be disturbingly weasel-worded?

No. (thbaeosatsq - h/t A)

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on September 16, 2007 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

Was AQI really involved with the murder, or is this just another strained attempt to somehow mention "al-Qaeda" in a high-profile case? Straight answers, please.

According to reports, Al Qaeda network in Iraq claimed credit for Risha's death on their internet site (anybody read Arabic?). If so, then either they did it or they wish they had.

http://www.alsumaria.tv/en/Iraq-News/1-7636-Al-Qaeda-responsible-for-Abu-Risha-death.html

Posted by: SJRSM on September 16, 2007 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

In an interview conducted shortly before his death, Risha explained to Pepe Escobar of Asia Times (Article at Informed Comment today) that al-Quada had killed his two brothers. So he turned on a-Q and started killing them - "Closely allied" allegedly kills Risha - More of Risha's clan will kill more "closely allieds" - And the centuries old beat of an eye for an eye rolls on. Yeah, Al, Shrub "freed" a whole lot of vengeance seekers. As long as they stay clear of the derricks and the pipe lines.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on September 16, 2007 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

You want straight answers? You've got to be kidding.

This administration hasn't been straight with the American people from Day One, literally, when it first falsely leaked to the mainstream media that outgoing Clinton administration staff had popped the "W" keys off the West Wing's computer keyboards while supposedly trashing the place, and Bill and Hillary Clinton's entourage had allegedly pilfered the silverware from Air Force One.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on September 16, 2007 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

off-topic but I thought that your readers might like the latest news in PV cells.

http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/19369/

The factory isn't running yet. We'll have to check back next summer. If they are correct about costs, 15 cents per kwh, they should be able to sell them as fast as they make them, and replicate the factories everywhere.

Another Texas achievement. I don't know about anyplace else, but Texas should be pretty well supplied with alternatives by the time the oil runs out.

Posted by: MatthewRmarler on September 16, 2007 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

I suppose since Saddam was "closely" allied with AQ and with the 9/11 attackers then it's not so difficult to believe that such links survive. Excuse me while I put a big wad of cash down on the Oakland Raiders to win this year's SB.

Posted by: CarlP on September 16, 2007 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

I thought Al Qaeda was a "with me/against me" org. How is one closely allied? In addition, I noted that the WaPo article uses the phrase led by al-Qaeda in Iraq, which claim by AQ was in part responsible for the rise of the anbar Salvation Council.

Posted by: TJM on September 16, 2007 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, the just-captured guy was probably a visitor to Syria or Iran sometime in his life, so the real assassins are giving orders from Damascus and Tehran. We must destroy them there so we don't have to fight them here. On to Tehran...!

/snark

Posted by: JimPortlandOR on September 16, 2007 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

War Hawks: We were right about the Domino Theory. We were right about the Red Scare. We knew those Commie Russians could march across America and kill you all. Now trust us... We know who is and who isn't Al Qaeda.

Posted by: absent observer on September 16, 2007 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Al-Qaeda in Iraq program-related activities!

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on September 16, 2007 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: mhr on September 16, 2007 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus Christ on a cracker. Another strawman post from mhr.

Kevin, after 6 years of an administration headed up by a pathological liar and a criminally insane war profiteer, do you really expect a straight answer? Jesus, even their little trolls can't stay on topic.

Posted by: jcricket on September 16, 2007 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

TJM: In addition, I noted that the WaPo article uses the phrase led by al-Qaeda in Iraq, which claim by AQ was in part responsible for the rise of the anbar Salvation Council.

AQI claims to be a part of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that claims to protect the Sunni and defend Islam. However, I've never seen them claim responsibility for the Anbar Awakening/Salvation--at least in its present form.


p.s. mhr -- It was the European NATO ministers who insisted on a counter to the SS-20's (notably the Germans and Dutch); while the SS-20's improved Soviet capabilities, they did little more than add Portugal and a lot of water to the targeting area. Reagan simply went along for the ride.

Posted by: has407 on September 16, 2007 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

How can you people talk about such mundane matters when O.J. Simpson is under arrest for armed robbery? There is simply no other story -- I know, because I'm watching CNN.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on September 16, 2007 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

AQI established the umbrella group and asserted leadership which is what, in part, was responsible for the Sunni insurgents to form the ASC not that AQI had a hand in forming the ASC.

Posted by: TJM on September 16, 2007 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

If it wasn't "AQI" it was probably Shiite militants. Which would you prefer?

According to reports, Al Qaeda network in Iraq claimed credit for Risha's death on their internet site (anybody read Arabic?). If so, then either they did it or they wish they had.

Or our Pentagon/CIA knows how to sockpuppet.

Posted by: B on September 16, 2007 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Straight answers, please.

Sure, and we'll get ya a side order of ponies with that!

Pretty, pretty ponies.

Posted by: SnarkyShark on September 16, 2007 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

Does Experience Matter? (Clinton and JFK didn't think so)

This Video Is Showing That Obama can be president because two fmr presidents were
where he is right now, history proves experience makes an either worse president( nixon, bush, vp dick cheney, defense sec.rumsfeld)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LBy3AKn_2Fk

Posted by: kyle on September 16, 2007 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

They got the wrong guy!

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed..I'll bet anything that he's the guy who killed the Anbar Sheikh Risha.

Posted by: Dr WU-the last of the big time thinkers on September 16, 2007 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

the story that keeps getting no air....

the role[s] of the mercenaries.

is blackwater, is aegis, et alia AQI?

Posted by: albertchampion on September 16, 2007 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

Ya Know..the only person who ever got straight things from the W.H. was Jeff Gannon. The others got Curve Ball.

Posted by: Ya Know.... on September 16, 2007 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

Gee, I wonder who runs those AQI websites that take responsibility for attacks, the claims of which, conveniently, seem to fit the Administration's favored narratives?

And you can ALWAYS expect the neocon WashPost and the NYT to pass along the propaganda. Thanks, schmucks!

Posted by: screwallyall on September 16, 2007 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus Christ on a cracker.
Posted by: jcricket on September 16, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Well, Halloween is coming up soon... anything could be marketed as hand-outs for young trick-or-treaters in this Twisted Day and Age.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on September 16, 2007 at 10:35 PM | PERMALINK

Since Abu Risha embezzeled or stole the $75,000,000 that the US supplied the Anbar Salvation Council to fight Al Qeda, one should also include the occupants of the Whitehouse as suspects in the bombing, as well as every other member of the Anbar Salvation Council. It might actually be easier to determine who *isn't* a suspect in this bombing.

Posted by: Peter on September 16, 2007 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

And soon they will be hot enough on the trail to find Count Nefario himself, the evil mastermind behind Al Qaeda, AQI, ZOG, and the Third Reich shadow-government that runs most of South America, headed up by a clone of Hitler- ok, not straight, but wacky enough so you wouldn't be confused. I don't even begin to have the knowledge to give you any answer. For all I know they're on the level.

Posted by: Swan on September 17, 2007 at 12:26 AM | PERMALINK

Oh come on, more aqi?
please, why doesn't Petraeus announce "all Iraqi's are AQI!" and thus dump the whole pretentious id'ing mess.
This way, if bystanders die, "They're AQI!"
If they're attacking each other, "They're AQI!"
If they want us to go home "They're AQI!"
Wow, by identifying every Iraqi as "AQI" we can count them as enemy combatants, booyah, let's bring back the dead enemy count again...we had it in Vietnam, we can have it in Iraq, too!

Posted by: sheerahkahn on September 17, 2007 at 2:32 AM | PERMALINK

One more time...

Every single American should watch the BBC documentary... 'The Power of Nightmares'.

Al-Quaeda is an American invention.

Posted by: Buford on September 17, 2007 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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