Shutting Down The Terrorist Pipeline In Iraq

| October 8, 2007

Last month a watershed event took place in Iraq. During a raid near Sinjar, an interesting Al-Qaeda figure, Shiek Muthanna, was killed in a raid. This fellow was in change of bringing foreign fighters into the country to execute operations against US forces and the Iraqi population.

While it is always a great day when we can ventilate a major bad actor like this, the real prize of this raid seems to be that we also took possession of a treasure trove of information:

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The US military said on Wednesday it had seized a list of some 500 Al-Qaeda members recruited to fight in Iraq from the Middle East and Europe during a raid in northwest Iraq that killed eight militants.

“During the operation, we captured multiple documents and electronic files that gave an insight into Al-Qaeda’s foreign terrorist operations not only in Iraq but throughout the region,” he said.

The files revealed “a list of some 500 foreign terrorists being recruited by Al-Qaeda, biographies on 143 foreign terrorists en route to Iraq or who have already arrived, including personal data, photographs, recruiters’ names, route and date of entry into Iraq.”

Bergner said they came from a range of countries including Libya, Morocco, Syria, Algeria, Oman, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.

From what I understand the information captured included names, addresses, email and phone numbers of people that had already been smuggled into Iraq, as well as people in Syria waiting to be brought in. In addition it included names of recruiters in the countries listed above, as well as email addresses and phone numbers.

One can imagine that this capture set off a wave of raids in several of these countries that in turn “rolled up” the entire recruiting apparatus that was pumping Jihadi Morons into Iraq.

While it did not get a lot of press attention, this one raid may do more to secure Iraq than any other intelligence break in the past year.

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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