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November 25, 2004
Zarqawi Lieutenant Arrested, With Chemical And Biological Weapons

Abu Saeed, identified by Iraqi and American sources as a key lieutenant to terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was arrested earlier this week by Coalition forces in Mosul, where insurgents had recently stepped up their activity. Not only did the Coalition capture Saeed, but they also captured material he worked towards deploying -- like anthrax:

A lieutenant of Iraq's most feared terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was captured a few days ago in Mosul, and Iraqi troops searching suspected terrorist hideouts in Fallujah discovered a laboratory with manuals on manufacturing explosives and toxins including anthrax, Iraq's national security adviser said Thursday.

Also, the U.S. military said it discovered the "largest weapons cache to date in the city of Fallujah." The weapons including anti-tank mines and a mobile bomb-making lab were found inside a mosque used by an insurgent leader. Troops also found documents detailing hostage interrogations, the military said.

The intelligence continues to improve, as these discoveries demonstrate. Capturing someone that close to Zarqawi means that the Coalition probably now has a fair idea where the lunatic-in-chief s holed up. The capture of so much of their firepower means that the Islamofascists have to run too fast to carry anything heavier than personal weaponry with them. All signs point to the Coalition momentum gathering velocity.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 25, 2004 11:19 AM

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