Thursday, June 15, 2006

My Way News - Iraq Announces Info From Al-Zarqawi Raid

My Way News - Iraq Announces Info From Al-Zarqawi Raid:

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - 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.'

(AP) Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie holds up a copy of a document purported to have...
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When asked how he could be sure the information was authentic, al-Rubaie said 'there is nothing more authentic than finding a thumbdrive in his pocket.'

'We believe that this is the beginning of the end of al-Qaida in Iraq,' al-Rubaie said, adding that the documents showed al-Qaida is in 'pretty bad shape,' politically and in terms of training, weapons and media.

'Now we have the upper hand,' he said at a news conference in Baghdad. 'We feel that we know their locations, the names of their leaders, their whereabouts, their movements, through the documents we found during the last few days.'"

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