It is going to be interesting to see how the main stream media and political pundits who have been down playing the significance of Al-Zarqawi’s demise, spin this recent release of damaging information on the downfall of Al-Qaida in Iraq. This treasure trove of information found at the death site of Iraq’s enemy number one, including information found from subsequent strongholds raided as a direct result from the intelligence gathered at the Al-Zarqawi lair, has given the joint Iraqi/US led Coaltion the momentum needed in taking the fight to the terrorists.
“Iraq’s national security adviser said Thursday a “huge treasure” of documents and computer records was seized after the raid on terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s hideout, giving the Iraqi government the upper hand in its fight against al-Qaida in Iraq.
National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie also said he believed the security situation in the country would improve enough to allow a large number of U.S.-led forces to leave Iraq by the end of this year, and a majority to depart by the end of next year. “And maybe the last soldier will leave Iraq by mid-2008,” he said.
Al-Rubaie said a laptop, flashdrive and other documents were found in the debris after the airstrike that killed the al-Qaida in Iraq leader last week outside Baqouba, and more information has been uncovered in raids of other insurgent hideouts since then.
He called it a “huge treasure … a huge amount of information.”
Only a cynic or the badly informed could dismiss this latest development as being nothing of value. The “insurgency” (read=rag tag grouping of foreign and domestic jihadists and bitter Baa’tists) is dead, being roundly defeated by the existence of the Sunni MP representatives in parliament, its terrorism no longer serving a politcal movement…..if it ever did. KGS
UPDATE: An excellent article in the Wall Street Journal by Paul Bremer, delivers the right analysis concerning the ramifications of Zarqawi’s being killed, and the significance of US president GWBush’s recent visit to Baghdad.