Iraqi army arrests 'al-Qaeda emir' in Anbar desert



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Iraqi army forces arrested the al-Qaeda "emir" of areas in southern Fallujah along with three of his aides during a military operation carried out by the army west of Ramadi Tuesday morning (April 24th).

"Sheikh Massoud al-Hasani was arrested in a desert area west of Ramadi, together with three of his aides who were armed but did not resist the army forces during their arrest," Lt. Col. Nejim al-Dulaimi, the Iraqi army spokesperson in Anbar, told Al-Shorfa.

Al-Dulaimi said the operation was based on intelligence that led Iraqi forces to the Tal Asfar area in Anbar desert, where al-Hasani was hiding.

"Al-Hasani is accused of several terrorist crimes in Iraq, including the bombing of the provincial building in 2009 and killing a number of local government members in Fallujah in 2008," he said.





    The government has failed to gather all the elements of Iraq together in adopting one national political project. Also, it failed to maintain security and stability, despite all the measures adopted by the Iraqi forces represented by the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defense and the joint forces. The government has failed to provide the basic, simple services, the great lack and shortage of water, electricity, health care, and daily services. It has failed to reach or achieve any real national reconciliation among the sects of Iraq. It has failed to reform the institutions of the state on a scientific basis, using qualifications, efficiency and experience. Also, it has failed to provide job opportunities or put an end to unemployment for many classes in society. Finally, the government has failed to chase and punish all those who are corrupt and have wasted public money, and shared in the administration’s corruption.

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    It is obvious that al-Qaeda loses its leaders at a high rate that does not allow it to train new elements and qualify them to take their place. It seems that the painful strikes that al-Qaeda terrorist organization received in Iraq killed its prominent leaders and dismantled its network that provides it with support and financing as well as the internal and external preparations that facilitate the terrorist operations. Arresting or killing the leaders of al-Qaeda, particularly the prominent ones, would play a significant role in destroying al-Qaeda, because those leaders played a significant role in planning for the terrorist attacks. The impact of the killing or arresting the prominent leaders and members of al-Qaeda in Iraq exceeds our expectations, because it destroys the communication system between the members of the terrorist organization on the ground, which would weaken it and dishearten its members more and more. Therefore, I think that the murder of those prominent leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq paralyzed the organization and destroyed the communication channels between the cells and the individuals. The murder of the senior members of al-Qaeda and some of its military commanders would certainly force the remnants of the organization to move, because they are lost and feel insecure. On the other hand, this may lead to vengeful acts on the part of al-Qaeda despite the fact that no clear plans were uncovered in this respect. However, we should be cautious and we must admit that there is a serious threat that may be represented in an angry individual reaction represented in attacks and bombings in an attempt to make the people and the whole world believe that al-Qaeda is still capable of continuing the jihad despite the painful and successive strikes it received. Nevertheless, al-Qaeda in Iraq is in its weakest condition in the last five years and it is very unlikely to restore its former strength.

  • غسان عبد العزيز


    The least punishment for those who carry out terrorist acts, armed robbery, kidnapping acts and murder acts is execution. For instance, the death penalty in America is issued against whoever assassinates only one person, no more, while some of the Iraqi criminals have committed more than 100 crimes. Some others have hugely exceeded this number. Some of these people are still free, some others are still in Iraq, others have fled abroad to lead a free life and some of them are imprisoned. However, the judicial sentences have not been implemented. Therefore, the Iraqi Government has to issue the death sentence against these criminals because they must be deprived of life in the same way they have wrongly prevented their victims from life. All these monsters who have murdered the innocent must be executed in public so that they will be a lesson for whoever thinks of following this path. As a matter of fact, the Government must be serious in punishing legally every criminal according to his crime. It should not show any kind of bias. This means that it must be accurate and avoid racism and sectarianism in these issues because these people are criminals before the law and Shariah regardless of any racial or sectarian belonging.