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October 14, 2003
We're Winning, part 37b

The AP reports that the coalition has captured another senior terrorist in Iraq, this time from Ansar al-Islam, which is tied to al-Qaeda:

The arrest of Aso Hawleri, also known as Asad Muhammad Hasan, late last week in the northern city of Mosul has not been announced. Larry Di Rita, chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, told reporters, "I'm not in a position to confirm" Hawleri's capture.

Hawleri was taken by soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division, said a defense official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity.

The officials said Hawleri is thought to be the third-ranking official in Ansar al-Islam, most of whose fighters were believed to have fled their stronghold in northern Iraq before U.S. forces invaded in March. U.S. and Kurdish forces destroyed the group's main base in the early weeks of the war.

Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for the car bombing in Mosul that killed several reporters in Mosul during the war, and has been suspected of participating in the attacks in and around Baghdad since the end of the invasion, if not outright leading them. This is a major coup for the 101st Airborne.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 14, 2003 6:56 PM

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