We told you recently about a particularly hideous tactic in which Al-Qaeda sent two mentally disabled women to carry out suicide bombings in Baghdad. Now the mastermind behind those and other recent attacks in Iraq involving female suicide bombers has bit the dust, courtesy of U.S. Task Force 88. Here's more, from our friends at the Long War Journal:
Multinational Forces Iraq has confirmed it killed a senior intelligence officer of al Qaeda in Iraq’s network in Diyala. Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir, also known as Karrar, was killed during a raid by “Coalition forces” in Khan Bani Sa’ad on Feb. 17. Multinational Forces Iraq uses the generic term Coalition forces to describe Task Force 88, the special operations hunter-killer teams tasked with dismantling al Qaeda in Iraq’s senior leaders and wider network.
Karrar was described as a senior intelligence leader for al Qaeda in Iraq’s network in Baqubah. Karrar facilitated suicide bombing attacks in the Diyala River Valley. This network also has been responsible for attacks in Baghdad, “to include attacks by female suicide bombers.”
CBN News told you about the troubles with Al-Qaeda in Diyala almost a year ago. Good to see that AQI is slowly but surely being rolled up there.
While the area where al Qaeda's networks has regrouped has not been named, Multinational Forces Iraq has reported numerous raids against al Qaeda in Iraq’s networks in the Hamrin Mountain region. The Hamrin Mountains, which span Diyala, Salahadin, and Tamin provinces, are believed to be a major fallback position for al Qaeda in Iraq and allied insurgent groups.
US and Iraqi forces launched Operation Iron Harvest in Diyala province on Jan. 9. The operation initially focused on the Miqdadiyah region, but has expanded throughout Diyala province.
Just when the jihad seems to be on the ropes across much of Iraq, is our old friend Mookie ready to ride to the rescue in the South?