Thursday, May 03, 2007

Jill Carroll's kidnapper, Tom Fox's murderer aka al Qaeda scumbag reported killed.

Man, they are dropping so fast over there in Iraq it's getting hard to keep track of them all.

He was caught in OPERATION RAT TRAP. Bwa-ha-ha!

A U.S. military commander said Thursday that an al Qaeda in Iraq militant believed to be involved in last year's kidnapping of journalist Jill Carroll has been killed.

He is Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri and was identified as the senior minister of information for al Qaeda in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said. Caldwell said al-Jubouri was killed in a fight about four miles (six kilometers) west of the Taji air base north of Baghdad; the body initially was identified by photos, then confirmed by DNA testing on Wednesday.

Caldwell said al-Jubouri was connected with the 2006 kidnapping of Carroll, an American freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor held captive for nearly three months.

"Based on multiple detainee briefings we know he was responsible for the transportation and movement of Jill Carroll from her various hiding places," Caldwell said.

Al-Jubouri also was involved in the abduction of Tom Fox, one of four men from the Chicago, Illinois-based peace group Christian Peacemaker Teams, who was found fatally shot in Baghdad in March 2006, Caldwell said. "Muharib was also the last one known to have had personal custody of Tom Fox before his death," Caldwell said.

The U.S. general said al-Jubouri was the only top-level militant whose recent death the U.S. military could confirm. (referring to al Masri and al Baghdadi)

This just off the wires: Terrorist boss killed in Iraq.

BAGHDAD: US and Iraqi forces had killed the leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, an al-Qa'ida-led militant group, Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister said yesterday. Hussein Kamal said Abu Omar al-Baghdadi had been killed in a battle north of Baghdad. He declined to say when but said authorities had Baghdadi's body.

US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver last night announced US forces had killed al-Qa'ida in Iraq's "information minister", whom he identified as Muharib Abdulatif al-Juburi. He said reports by Iraqi officials eariler in the week that Coalition forces had killed al-Qa'ida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri may have been referring to the slaying of Juburi