The U.S. command said Wednesday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the groupâ€™s foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter.
Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, also known as Abu Shahid, was captured in Mosul on July 4, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a military spokesman. [emphasis added]
Add that to the recent release of the Zawahiri tape, the rapid progress in stabilizing al-Anbar, and the ongoing reports from independent journalist Michael Yon, and you get the picture that our new strategy in Iraq is making a serious dent into our savage foe. So why of all times lose one’s nerve on Iraq now? Give the surge a chance, and let’s assess the situation in September.