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The Air Strike Update More Info - The airstrike that eliminated Zarqawi and the operations that led to his demise. /Zarqawi's successor and the Al-Qaida network. /The Iraqi government's strategy.
In an exclusive interview, an Iraqi army colonel told CNN Friday 9/6/06 that intelligence from cell phone technology helped U.S. forces find and kill al-Zarqawi.Col. Dhiya Tamimi said he worked with U.S. forces to monitor al-Zarqawi and his associates' cell phones, helping to lead to Wednesday night's airstrike.
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Also found were "media and documents," the officer said, adding that the term "media" as used in this context normally refers to information storage devices such as computer hard drives, digital cameras or other devices. The officer was unable to be specific in this case. The material was being assessed for possible use, the officer added.
The military and
U.S. intelligence agencies have specialized computer "forensic"
software that can identify and recover digital information seized on the
battlefield. A senior official with a leading producer of such software said
Friday it is almost certain that any recovered computer disks, even if damaged
in the bombing, will yield valuable information, given Zarqawi's reliance on
computers and e-mail to communicate.
Tim Leehealey, an executive vice president with Guidance Software, said in a telephone interview that the first things the U.S. military likely will look for on computer hard drives or other information storage devices are who Zarqawi has been communicating with and how. He said it is likely that Zarqawi relied on portable hard drives commonly called thumb drives to pass e-mail messages without making them easily traceable.
Document files on computer disks can be read by the forensic software even if it is in Arabic, Leehealey said.
المالكي يعلن مقتل الزرقاوي - ( لخميس 12/5/1427 هـ - الموافق8/6/2006 )
أعلن رئيس الوزراء نوري المالكي مقتل زعيم تنظيم القاعدة في العراق أبو مصعب الزرقاوي. جاء ذلك في مؤتمر صحفي مشترك ببغداد مع قائد القوات الأميركية في العراق الجنرال جورج كايسي .وذكرت شبكة ABC الأميركية أن الزرقاوي قتل في غارة جوية على بعقوبة شمال بغداد.جاء ذلك عقب تأكيد مصادر عراقية اعتقال أحد أقرب مساعديه وتقديمه معلومات هامة عنه.كان الزرقاوي ظهر في أبريل/نيسان الماضي في شريط فيديو من داخل العراق ووعد بهزيمة الأميركيين.
What al-Zarqawi could not have known was that U.S. and Jordanian intelligence officials had been tracking the movements of Abdul-Rahman and the courier--whom Jordanian intelligence refers to as Mr. X--for weeks. Jordan's GID set up spy bureaus in Iraq and began working with the Dulaimis, a large, mostly Sunni Arab tribe, some of whose members are closely tied to the insurgency, to gather information about anyone associating with Zarqawi or others in militant groups. Fewer than half a dozen members of a U.S. reconnaissance and surveillance team from Delta Force hid in a grove of date and palm trees, watching the building. After years of hunting, they finally had the prey in their sights. The U.S. scored the war's biggest triumph since catching Saddam Hussein thanks to the determination of a small group of American hunters, to a Jordanian King's desire to avenge an attack on his country . A special-ops exploitation team trained to glean intelligence from raids arrived with photos, fingerprint (Zarqawi spent part of the 1990s in prisons in Jordan) smudges and descriptions of the scars and tattoos on his body, much of which had been supplied by Jordanian intelligence . Iraq's new intelligence services, formed after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, lack experience and technology, but Jordan's have both. In April 2006, when Zarqawi showed up in a highly publicized online propaganda video boasting of his group's prowess, Jordanian analysts scrutinized the surrounding scenery as well as his blustery talk. The tape confirmed suspicions that Zarqawi was in the Yousifiya area, a volatile insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad, which became the focus of U.S. and Jordanian intelligence efforts, Throughout the spring, U.S. military officials, too, were publicly identifying the area south of Baghdad as a likely Zarqawi stronghold. At a certain stage, more intelligence [resources] were being devoted to Yousifiya, Jordan's familiarity with the region and intelligence networks played a key role in monitoring Zarqawi's movements there. Once it became clear that the Yousifiya information was accurate, the Jordanians became more confident of their sources. Then when information was received about Zarqawi being in the Baqubah area, northeast of Baghdad, they were confident of that as well. They started to locate him and the Americans started to locate him. GID counterterrorism chief Col. Ali Burjaq was on the coordination with the Americans & The Iraqis. With the permission of Iraq's fledgling government, Jordanian operatives flooded the war-torn country, cultivating informants and working the periphery of the Zarqawi network to find ways into the organization. Jordanian security and intelligence authorities were involved in the hunt from the start, helping trace locations at which Zarqawi and his group frequently stayed, Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Joudeh said.
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زياد خلف رجّا الكربولي
Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly
The Jordanians worked with agents inside Iraq to draw Mr. Karbouly across the border .Perhaps the most important arrest, however, was Jordan's capture last month (May 2006) of an al Qaeda logistics and smuggling agent, Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly. Mr. Karbouly went on Jordanian television (23/5/06) after his arrest and described murdering Jordanian truck drivers moving goods into Iraq. He also described carrying out political assassination of Moroccan and Kurdish diplomats on the orders of Mr. Zarqawi. The Jordanians worked with agents inside Iraq to draw Mr. Karbouly across the border . And the al Qaeda operative provided Jordanian interrogators with important intelligence on Mr. Zarqawi's top aides, including his spiritual adviser, Abu Abdul-Rahman. In recent weeks, U.S. military monitored Mr. Rahman's movements by drone and cell phone tracking , and ultimately, were drawn to Mr. Zarqawi's hideout near the Iraqi city of Baqubah.
زياد خلف رجّا الكربولي
Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly
"وأكد بيان رسمي أذاعه التلفزيون الأردني أن هذه «العملية النوعية» نفذتها «مجموعة فرسان الحق» التابعة لوحدة العمليات الخارجية في دائرة المخابرات العامة بإسناد من الكتيبة 71 التابعة للعمليات الخاصة في الجيش». وأضاف البيان أن العملية «نفذت بأمر مباشر من العاهل الأردني الملك عبدالله الثاني»".
The official statement broadcast Jordanian television that the "process quality" executed "a right horsemen" of the Operations Unit of Foreign Affairs in the General Intelligence assigning Battalion 71 of the special operations in the army ". The statement added that the operation "carried out by order direct the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II".
Terrorism is an international concern that knows no borders. Jordan is committed as ever, in sparring no effort in fighting terrorism in all its forms and our security forces will continue to ensure peace and stability for all Jordanians. King of Jordan met twice in Washington during the last month also to ensure the coordination for Zarqawi termination.
This image displayed by the U.S. Military at a press conference 8/6/06 in Baghdad purports to show a view of the location of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the time of attack that took his life. The combat camera images of the attack released on Thursday showed a large white dot circling the target area at relatively low altitude before, during and after the bombing, the characteristic signature of a reconnaissance drone. Pilots who hit Zarqawi likely trained Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Lt. Col. Kenneth Lacy, a combat veteran who commands the 308th Fighter Squadron commenting on the basis of news reports, said the mission that targeted Zarqawi would have been challenging from the standpoint of the pilots’ need to coordinate with special-operations units and other coalition forces.
Speaking to reporters, Bush mentioned that among the senior officers he called to offer congratulations for killing Zarqawi was Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, in this DoD photo, commander of Joint Special Operations Command, whose forces include the Army's clandestine counterterrorism unit, Delta Force. Lt. Gen. McChrystal, chief of the shadowy Special Operations force tracking Zarqawi, looked down on the bloodied body of his adversary, dressed in black.
June 09, 2006
The hunt ends
Spec ops’ ‘unblinking eye’ leads to airstrike that kills terrorist leader
By Sean D. Naylor
Times staff writer
In the end, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could not escape Task Force 145’s “unblinking eye.”
TF 145 is the latest name for the shifting collection of U.S. and British special operations units that has hunted the most wanted terrorist in Iraq for three years, and “the unblinking eye” is what its members call the fusion of intelligence and operations that allowed them to relentlessly peel away the layers of Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq organization until the terror mastermind was left defenseless and almost alone.
When that moment came, at 6:15 p.m. on June 7, a hidden Delta Force reconnaissance and surveillance team from TF 145 watched as two 500-pound bombs dropped by an Air Force F-16 pulverized the safe house near Baqubah, in which Zarqawi; his spiritual advisor, Sheikh Abd Al Rahman; and four other people had taken refuge.
The house, located in a tiny farming hamlet called Hibhib, was leveled by the blast. Rahman, another man and three women are believed to have died in the strike, but Zarqawi was still breathing when Iraqi police arrived at the scene, Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell said during a June 9 briefing from Baghdad. However, the terrorist leader died within moments.
Caldwell said earlier reports that a child also had been killed in the bombing were incorrect.
Zarqawi’s death marks a high point in the history of Joint Special Operations Command, which provides most of the units that comprise TF 145, and is a serious — perhaps fatal — blow to Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group.
But observers say it is too soon to judge the impact on the wider war in Iraq, which includes a Sunni insurgency separate from Zarqawi’s group and several Shiite militias vying for power.
“Things are not going to go away now,” said Vali Nasr, a Middle East expert at the Naval Postgraduate School. “But it’s now not as likely that we’ll see an attack on Ayatollah Sistani or Najaf,” he said, referring to Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric and its holiest Shiite shrine.
The strike that killed Zarqawi was the culmination of “a very long, painstaking, deliberate exploitation of intelligence, information-gathering, human sources, electronic, signal intelligence … over a period of time,” Caldwell said.
Rahman, Zarqawi’s spiritual adviser, was the key. “He was identified several weeks ago … through military sources from somebody inside Zarqawi’s network,” Caldwell said. “They were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements and establishing when he was doing his link-ups with Zarqawi.”
The capture of Sheikh Ahmed al-Dabash in Baghdad’s Mansour district May 29, described by U.S. Central Command as “a major financier and facilitator of terrorism in Iraq,” may have been another critical breakthrough, multiple sources said.
“You follow the money — and he was the money man,” said an officer familiar with special operations in Iraq.
TF 145 tracked Rahman to a safe house about five miles west of Baqubah in the tiny hamlet of Hibhib, an isolated cluster of about 300 buildings, most of them made of sub-baked mud, and surrounded by miles of farms, orchards and fields.
Hibhib, which has seen a fair amount of insurgent activity, is almost 100 percent Sunni and is home to at least three prominent families who would have gladly given sanctuary to a man like Zarqawi, said Army Maj. Kreg Schnell, former intelligence officer for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which spent a year in Baqubah starting in February 2004.
Zarqawi “obviously had friends in the area who gave him meals and a place to sleep,” Schnell said.
Indeed, U.S. intelligence had confirmed that Zarqawi would meet Rahman in Hibhib. A reconnaissance-surveillance team from Delta Force’s B Squadron infiltrated the area to get “eyes on” the house, said a source in the special operations community. Sources said a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle was also overhead.
After slipping through coalition fingers on several occasions in the past three years, Zarqawi was now in the sights of U.S. forces.
It was, Caldwell said, “the first time that we … had definitive, unquestionable information as to exactly where he was located,” in a place where he could be hit “without causing collateral damage to other Iraqi civilians and personnel in the area.”
Senior U.S. military leaders in Iraq discussed whether to launch a ground assault, but decided “they could not really go in on the ground without running the risk of having him escape,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters June 8 in Brussels, Belgium.
Air power on display
That left an airstrike as the only option.
Two F-16C Fighting Falcon jets were in the air on a routine on-call mission due to last four or five hours over central Iraq when the decision was made to launch the mission, Air Force Lt. Gen. Gary North, Central Command’s air component commander, told reporters in the Pentagon on June 8.
The jets carried a mixed load of laser-guided and satellite-guided bombs and LITENING targeting pods equipped with laser designators to mark targets, as well as video cameras.
Caldwell said June 9 that at the time the order was given to launch a strike on the house, one of the two F-16s was receiving fuel from an airborne tanker, so only one aircraft made the bombing run.
The pilot knew there was a high-value target in the building, North said, but he declined to say whether the pilot was told that target was Zarqawi.
North also refused to name the pilot, the unit or the base from which the mission was flown. For the past year, most F-16Cs flying over Iraq have been staged out of Balad, a sprawling Army and Air Force complex about 50 miles north of Baghdad. The Air Force typically has the equivalent of two F-16 squadrons at Balad.
Flying at “medium” altitude — at least 20,000 feet — the pilot circled the safe house, noting how it was built, setting targeting coordinates and deciding which bombs to use. The pilot set his fuses so the bombs would explode inside the house, rather than on contact with the roof, in order to collapse the structure.
At 6:15 p.m., the F-16 dropped a 500-pound laser-guided GBU-12 bomb on the house, causing a massive explosion.
Using the cameras in the LITENING pod, the pilot peered through the smoke to observe the damage and decided a second bomb was needed. About 30 seconds later, the pilot released a 500-pound GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition that was guided by Global Positioning System satellite signals. That also hit the home, leaving the building a smoking pile of rubble.
Iraqi security forces were the first to arrive on the ground — and found Zarqawi still alive, Caldwell said. They had placed the terrorist leader on a stretcher just as U.S. troops from Multi-National Division-North rolled in.
Zarqawi tried to get off the stretcher. Troops again secured him and attempted to start medical treatment, but he died within minutes, Caldwell said.
Coalition forces took Zarqawi’s body to an undisclosed secure location, where his identity was confirmed by scars and tattoos he was known to have, and by his fingerprints, Caldwell said.
Gathering the puzzle pieces
TF 145 was responsible not only for gathering the intelligence that led to Zarqawi, but also for acting upon it swiftly, creating a cycle in which each set of raids yielded more intelligence, which in turn drove more raids.
Made up of a rotating set of units from Joint Special Operations Command, the task force, based at Balad, includes squadrons from the military’s two “direct action” special-mission units — the Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, better known as Delta Force, and the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, also known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, as well as other Army and Air Force special operations elements and a variety of intelligence organizations.
The June 7 attack culminated about six weeks of focused effort.
“We had clear-enough evidence about a month-and-a-half ago that allowed us to start [getting] down to the point where we were able to prosecute the action … against that safe house,” Caldwell said, showing a slide that listed eight men in Zarqawi’s organization captured or killed between April 6 and May 31.
But judging from Central Command’s own press releases, Caldwell’s slide only scratches the surface of TF 145 operations in recent weeks.
On April 16, a force of SEALs and Rangers attacked an al-Qaida in Iraq safe house in Yusufiyah, 20 miles southwest of Baghdad, killing five terrorists and capturing another five. On June 2, “wanted al-Qaida terrorist” Hasayn Ali Muzabir was killed near Balad.
Between those two missions, “coalition forces,” the phrase often used by Central Command to disguise the participation of TF 145, captured or killed more than 100 members of al-Qaida in Iraq. Indeed, in a prophetic remark, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters in Baghdad on May 4 that the coalition was “zooming in” on Zarqawi.
In Iraq, U.S. special operations forces have captured former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, tracked his sons Uday and Qusay to a hide-out where they were killed, and killed Zarqawi — who, because of the perception that his terrorist organization was such a massive obstacle to peace in Iraq, had become arguably the highest-priority individual target for the U.S. in the world.
The question is whether al-Qaida in Iraq can withstand the loss of its iconic leader, who earned grudging respect from U.S. special operators for his willingness to lead from the front.
One candidate may be Abu Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian whom Caldwell said met Zarqawi in Afghanistan in 2001 or 2002. U.S. operators have intelligence indicating al-Masri has had close contacts with Ayman Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s chief deputy.
Caldwell said al-Masri “helped establish maybe the first al-Qaida cell that existed in the Baghdad area.”
Analysts generally agree that although Zarqawi was the focus of heavy U.S. combat and propaganda efforts, he and his group were a relatively small facet of the Iraq insurgency and mounted a relatively small number of attacks.
Those attacks had a disproportionate effect, both in their violence and their political and sectarian aftermath, though Zarqawi’s death may reduce the likelihood of his ultimate goal: igniting a massive civil war between Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority and the Shiite Muslims who control political life.
But it is also possible that Zarqawi’s death will create space for other insurgent groups to focus more on the political process than violence, said Ahmed Hashim, a Naval War College professor who has written extensively on Iraq’s insurgency. Jeffrey White, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, said Zarqawi’s death, paradoxically, creates a new challenge for the Bush administration, which no longer has the specter of Iraq’s most violent and fanatical terrorist to hold up as its enemy.
“We killed our bogeyman,” White said. “A lot of effort went into making him enemy number one. If the violence continues, who do we blame?”
The key, Schnell said, is for coalition forces to press the advantage and deny the insurgency a new poster boy. “You have to keep cutting the head off,” he said.
TF 145, of course, is working hard to do just that. Within hours of Zarqawi’s June 7 death, 17 simultaneous raids were carried out in and around Baghdad, yielding “a tremendous amount” of information and intelligence that is “presently being exploited … for further use,” Caldwell said.
Another 39 operations were conducted the night of June 8, Caldwell said.
“This is a big oak tree that got shaken, so there’s stuff falling all over the place,” Schnell said.
The unblinking eye cannot afford to rest yet.
Staff writers Bruce Rolfsen, Gordon Trowbridge and Gina Cavallaro contributed to this story.
April 25, 2005 — - Jordanian rebel Abu Musab al-Zarqawi -- Iraq's most wanted fugitive -- recently eluded capture by American troops, but left behind a treasure trove of information, a senior military official told ABC News.
On Feb. 20, the alleged terror mastermind was heading to a secret meeting in Ramadi, just west of Fallujah, where he used to base his operations, the official said.
Task Force 626 -- the covert American military unit charged with finding Zarqawi -- had troops in place to grab the fugitive, and mobile vehicle checkpoints had been established around the city's perimeter. Another U.S. official said predator drones were also in flight, tracking movements in and around the city.
A source who had been inside the Zarqawi network alerted the task force to the meeting. Officials deem the source "extremely credible."
The senior military official said that just before the meeting was scheduled, a car was pulled over as it approached a checkpoint.
"Zarqawi always has someone check the waters," said the official.
A pickup truck about a half-mile behind the car then quickly turned around and headed in the opposite direction. Officials now believe Zarqawi was in the fleeing truck. U.S. teams began a chase, but when the truck was pulled over several miles later, Zarqawi was not inside.
What the task force did find in the vehicle confirmed suspicions that Zarqawi had just escaped. The official said Zarqawi's computer and 80,000 euros (about $104,000 U.S.) were discovered in the truck.
Finding the computer, said the official, "was a seminal event." It had "a very big hard drive," the official said, and recent pictures of Zarqawi. The official said Zarqawi's driver and a bodyguard were taken into custody.
The senior military official said that they have since learned Zarqawi jumped out of the vehicle when it passed beneath an overpass, presumably to avoid detection from the air, and hid there before running to a safe house in Ramadi.
Lt. Gen. John Vines -- the commander responsible for daily military operations in Iraq -- would not provide any detail about the apparent escape in a recent interview in Baghdad, but he did say the Zarqawi network has been damaged.
"We believe he is resilient," Vines said. "He is incredibly evil and we can't forget that. So he is dangerous still, but he is on the run."
The official told ABC News they have since figured out which house Zarqawi ran to after his escape, and the owner has been arrested. But, the official said, every time they capture one of his supporters, Zarqawi recruits someone new.
ABC News' Martha Raddatz filed this report for "World News Tonight."
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