"Iraq's most wanted terrorist, the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is hiding out in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk after fleeing from Mosul, according to police sources.
'He came to Kirkuk from Mosul,' a source in the Kirkuk police department told Reuters yesterday, speaking anonymously. 'There's a possibility that he might be captured at any moment.'
.... The claims came as British officials poured cold water on hopes
(my italics) of substantial early withdrawal from Iraq, and suggested that Britain could be involved in Iraq for decades. It also followed an increasingly inevitable day of further violence across the country.
.... 'I think there is now a realisation that we underestimated issues such as the level of criminality
(my italics) in Iraq and how that feeds into its instability and feeds its violence,' said one British official last week. 'There is an understanding now that this is a decades-long problem and we will be there for a long time.'
.... In the wake of last month's national elections, British and American policy-makers are hoping
(my italics) that a new political process will begin to whittle away those who tolerate but do not actively support the insurgency to a point where the battle is perceived as a fight against a hard core rather than local populations. But they admit that attacks against foreign and Iraqi forces have been steadily increasing.Allies move in on top terrorist
February 13, 2005Keep On Hoping (and hopping), for as long as the legitimate feelings of a people rising in Resistance against being occupied is not fully addressed, your feet will continue to be burnt.How would they explain:"attacks against foreign and Iraqi forces have been steadily increasing."? What will change these people's mind, having lost gaining their hearts? (View this for a sample)
"Training of Iraq's security forces, crucial to any exit strategy for Britain and the US, is going so badly that the Pentagon has stopped giving figures for the number of combat-ready indigenous troops, The Independent on Sunday has learned.
Instead, only figures for troops "on hand" are issued. The small number of soldiers, national guardsmen and police capable of operating against the country's bloody insurgency is concealed in an overall total of Iraqis in uniform, which includes raw recruits and police who have gone on duty after as little as three weeks' training. In some cases they have no weapons, body armour or even documents to show they are in the police.
The resulting confusion over numbers has allowed the US administration to claim that it is half-way to meeting the target of training almost 270,000 Iraqi forces, including around 52,000 troops and 135,000 Iraqi policemen. The reality
, according to experts, is that there may be as few as 5,000 troops who could be considered combat ready."Pentagon covers up failure to train and recruit local security forces
February 13, 2005And in reality, those are these: