Abu Ayman, leader of the Secret Islamic Army in Iraq and a prime suspect in the kidnapping and killing of several hostages, plus some of the most lethal IED attacks on coalition forces, has been captured. Here is the full story from the MNF—Iraq site. Don't hold your breath waiting for the antique media to celebrate this victory.
Coalition and Iraqi intelligence professionals mounted a major manhunt for the Iraqi terrorist leader who was the former aide to the Chief of Staff of Intelligence during the Saddam Hussein regime. He was the leader of the Secret Islamic Army in the Northern Babil Province and is the prime suspect in the kidnapping of Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena and for assassination attempts on Iraqi government and security forces officials.
Abu Ayman is also the prime suspect in the kidnapping and killing of several hostages in Iraq and for some of the most—lethal IED attacks on Coalition and Iraqi Forces and on Iraqi citizens since the fall of the regime.
Iraqi and Coalition Forces consider Abu Ayman's capture a significant event in their pursuit against terrorists and insurgents targeting innocent Iraqis and causing death and destruction throughout the country.
Officials believe Abu Ayman's capture will not only disrupt attacks and save lives, but will also provide valuable information leading to the capture of other terrorists.
Former regime criminals like Abu Ayman are vestiges of Iraq's oppressed past, and the new Iraqi Army is making strides toward a new identity as supporting a stable, democratic nation.
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