You don’t say: U.S. captures top Hezbollah bombmaker in Iraq; Update: Video added; Update: Quds Force helped plan Karbala raid, general says

posted at 10:21 pm on July 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

Not even the left will be surprised by this but they’ll publicly scoff and attack the story anyway lest it give any more credence to Bush’s complaints about Iran. Greenwald used that same “reasoning” a few weeks ago with respect to the Anbar Awakening: it simply couldn’t be true, because if it’s true then it means progress really is being made and if progress is being made then it justifies extending the mission and we can’t have that. Ergo, it must be false. Doubtless one of the nutroots superfriends will deploy that logic tomorrow for this story. I’ll be sure to print it out and add it to my scrapbook of What Conservatives Can Learn from Liberals about Journalism, right next to Eric Boehlert’s lectures during Jamilgate about the danger of letting a political agenda shape one’s view of the facts.

Speaking of liberal journalists, note the byline on the story. Remember him? Rove must have gotten to him.

A top special operations officer from Lebanon’s Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah has been captured in Iraq, where U.S. officials say he played a key role in a January attack that killed five Americans.

Ali Mussa Daqduq, an explosives expert, was captured in March in the southern city of Basra, where he was helping train and lead Shiite militias fighting coalition troops, U.S. intelligence officials told CNN.

Daqduq pretended to be deaf and mute when captured, and his identity was not known for weeks, the officials said…

The U.S. military declined official comment on Daqduq’s arrest, as did the Iraqi government. But documents and forensic evidence, seen by members of the Iraqi government and shown to CNN, support the claims.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Daqduq was captured in a raid aimed at seizing another Shiite militant leader suspected of involvement in the January 20 attack in Karbala — a well-planned attempt to kidnap five American soldiers that ended with the soldiers’ executions.

Qais Khazali, a one-time spokesman for anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army, was one of the men sought by American troops in connection with the attack. By the time of his March arrest, he had left the Mehdi Army and was leading one of the “special groups,” according to U.S. intelligence.

In searching for Khazali, U.S. and allied troops found computer documents detailing the planning, training and conduct of the failed kidnapping. And they found Daqduq, whom intelligence officials said has admitted working on behalf of Iran.

Given the spectacular success Iran has had with building a Shiite proxy in Lebanon, it only stands to reason that they’d want their new proxies in Iraq to benefit from their expertise. Call it “cross-pollination.” As for Khazali, regular HA readers will remember our posts about him in March and, more recently, Petraeus naming him as the prime suspect in the same Karbala raid that this turd Daqduq was evidently involved in. From the very beginning, the unusual professionalism and subterfuge of that operation — the attackers spoke English and wore stolen American uniforms — had the military suspicious of an Iranian hand in it.

Ah well. Must be a lie, otherwise we might have to act. This, too. What else do you expect from a “shiny uniform”?

Update: Actually, never mind what I said about the nutroots trying to debunk this story. They’ll be too busy tomorrow trying to debunk this one.

Update: Many thanks to “Flying Dutchman” for sending this along. It’s Ware’s video report on the story.

Update: Not a huge scoop given what Petraeus has had to say in the past about Quds Force involvement in the Karbala operation, but Hezbollah’s involvement wasn’t the only story to come out of the military press conference this morning.

Iranian operatives helped plan a January raid in Karbala in which five American soldiers were killed, an American military spokesman in Iraq said today…

General Bergner declined to speculate on the Iranian motivations. But he said that interrogations of Qais Khazali, a Shiite militant who oversaw Iranian-supported cells in Iraq and who was captured several months ago along with another militant, Laith Khazali, his brother, showed that Iran’s Quds force helped plan the operation…

Documents seized from Qais Khazali, General Bergner said, showed that Iran’s Quds Force provided detailed information on the activities of American soldiers in Karbala, including shift changes and the defenses at the site…

[M]ilitary officials say that there is such a long and systematic pattern of Quds Force activity in Iraq… “Our intelligence reveals that the senior leadership in Iran is aware of this activity,” he said. When he was asked if Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could be unaware of the activity, General Bergner said “that would be hard to imagine.”

That’s the first time I’ve seen anyone in the U.S. chain of command publicly accuse the Iranian leadership of complicity in Iranian operations. Note the bit in the blockquote too about Iran knowing about defenses at the site. No kidding.


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I don’t see what the big deal is. If he got caught he’s obviously incompetent anyway, right?

Blacklake on July 1, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Instead of trying to debunk the casualties story, it could be that they’ll take the time to do a little math:

– We’ve been in Iraq for about 50 months.
– 2,000 civilians died in a really bad month.
– How do we get to 655,000?

km on July 1, 2007 at 10:35 PM

What? Hezbollah is connected to Iran? When did this happen? I thought Hezbollah was a legitimate political party, an important grassroots social charity and a resistance force.

Serious, doesn’t this play right into what Jordanian King Abdullah was saying about the rise of a Shi’a Crescent through the Mid East? I bet the Sunni overlords in Saudi Arabia and Egypt had to change their shorts when they heard about this.

Thomas the Wraith on July 1, 2007 at 10:36 PM

Bugger him and feed him to the sheep!

spike on July 1, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Sorry! I meant goats!

spike on July 1, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Doubtless one of the nutroots superfriends will deploy that logic tomorrow for this story.

Larry “Baghdad Bob Wannabe” Johnson has already been booked on Olby.

and will deploy that logic or will BE deployed to dispense the super logic.

Topsecretk9 on July 1, 2007 at 10:51 PM

– We’ve been in Iraq for about 50 months.
– 2,000 civilians died in a really bad month.
– How do we get to 655,000?

km on July 1, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Rosie Math!!

Rosie physics: FIRE NEVER MELTED STEEL!! GOOGLE IT!!

Janos Hunyadi on July 1, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Ware, man, layoff of that Baghdad coffee.

Editor on July 1, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Don’t forget, according to Rosie American soldiers, under orders from the President, killed -all- 655,000.

PBoilermaker on July 1, 2007 at 10:58 PM

IRAN has been playing dirty in IRAG since the liberation.
[NOT THE occupation that LIBERALS AND TERRORISTS AND SO_CALLED PEACE GROUPS AND MAIN STREAM NEWS ORGANIZATIONS
CLAIM].
IRAN AND ITS SUPPORTERS,OR DARE I SAY COUNTRIES INVOVLEMENT
IS NOTHING SHORT OF AN ACT OF WAR.
WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE AT WAR PERIOD.

canopfor on July 1, 2007 at 10:59 PM

“…fighting yet another enemy….”

Have I missed something?

“…starting to come true…”

Have I missed something? When does something …‘start to become true’…?

Off topic: I’ve noticed that if I take the cursor (you know that little hand with the pointy finger) and put it up the nose of all the reporters on the videos they NEVER sneeze .
Does this mean something? Yes. It means they are not human! If you don’t believe me
Just listen to what they are saying!

spike on July 1, 2007 at 11:00 PM

Ware, man, layoff of that Baghdad coffee.

Editor on July 1, 2007 at 10:56 PM

A little birdie told me a few months ago that Mr. Ware imbibes more than “Baghdad coffee”

He’s gotten the nickname “Crank” ( wink, wink )

Janos Hunyadi on July 1, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Cool. Hopefully we can find the rest of the bombmakers, or at least use this clown or any info that we found with him to find and break up or infiltrate the insurgent groups.

Oh, and Allah, you were totally right, Silky Pony did get his 1.5 million goal. I wouldn’t have guessed that, in fact I bet he wouldn’t. I didn’t think his slapfight with Coulter would carry him that far. Good call on your part.

Bad Candy on July 1, 2007 at 11:10 PM

From this article:

Iraqi civilian deaths dropped to 1,241…

That can’t be right. John’s Hopkins did an unimpeachable study that says 650,000 have died so far in Iraq (as of Oct 06) which is a shade over 15,000 civilians a month.

1,241?!? Smells like a Rovian ploy to me!

Hoodlumman on July 1, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Did this anchor actually say “why would Hezbollah be in Iraq?” He seemed surprised. No GWOT though.

PowWow on July 1, 2007 at 11:17 PM

He was being held at Abu Ghraib and released with a tracking device just to make it look like he was “captured”!!!

SouthernGent on July 1, 2007 at 11:20 PM

So much to say:

- “Crank” is about right. I was going to comment on how drunk he looks and sounds, but it’s surely more than just too much scotch. This twinkie’s lit up good.

- Tie him up with DuckDuckGoose, and test some of his Hezbollah handiwork on them both.

- As for the Nutroots Ninnies, they’ll double down. They will surely have both stories from Iraq debunked by the time the sun rises, along with more conspiracies about Chimpy setting up the suicide carbombers in Scotland by using the force on them. But because he’s so stupid, it didn’t work, or some such.

- By the way, Bush needs to fire Jerkoff and replace him with Brownie. Or maybe Peter Pace.

Jaibones on July 1, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Hhhmmmmm….

I smell a positive PR ploy by the U.S Military machine in giving leftist leaning CNN and not Fox News this exclusive report. It took them 3.. almost 4 months to figure it out and get it right!!

Bravo!!!

Good job!!!

Note how they “showed” them proof positive evidence!!!!!!

Better late than never.

Mcguyver on July 1, 2007 at 11:31 PM

So remind me, why is it that the US is content putting out the fires this asshat is lighting instead of taking out the root cause?

You can take that either way:

root cause = Iran

root cause = Islam

P. James Moriarty on July 1, 2007 at 11:39 PM

He’s gotten the nickname “Crank” ( wink, wink )

Janos Hunyadi on July 1, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Yeah, well, I was being sort of diplomatic. Crank it is. Ware could pass for just about any unemployed gaffer in west hollywood.

Did I just say that out loud?

Editor on July 2, 2007 at 12:10 AM

I’m hoping that the gradually escalating release of news about Iran’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan may be leading to another attempt by Bush to help secure some sort of legacy for himself, and unlike shamnesty, this time in America’s best interest. If Bush can eliminate Iranian nuclear ambitions and in the process close down Iran’s influence in Iraq, (and also Syria’s), then we can win Iraq the right way instead of at the negotiating table.

If that happens, Bush will have won a major victory in the wider war against Jihad and will secure for himself an honorable place in history. Shamnesty will always be a black mark, but it will be significantly minimized.

However, based upon our negotiations with the Muslim Brotherhood and how we’re appeasing terrorist organizations like Fatah, (and Rice calling Hamas a resistance group), this may be a ploy to motivate the EU to support stronger sanctions against Iran, or to strengthen our hand at the various negotiating tables we’re engaged with. But, Iran does have a lot of problems of their own right now, so perhaps sanctions would be sufficient.

FloatingRock on July 2, 2007 at 12:17 AM

Iran = Iraqi WMD

jediwebdude on July 2, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Bush can rehabilitate his image/legacy if he has Mahmoud Achmadinejad “kidnapped” and “executed” the way the five U.S. soldiers were by Iranian operatives.

And have it look like the work of a renegade al-Qaeda band.

(Slipshod reporters should stop using the word “executed” for these acts of terroristic murder, since it implies a legal sentence by a legitimate government for a crime.)

profitsbeard on July 2, 2007 at 12:40 AM

…they can now paint the direct link to Iran’s revloutionary guards… …and their involvement in Iraq, killing American soldiers…

War now, please.

Citizen Duck on July 2, 2007 at 1:03 AM

There’s nothing here that bombing Tehran into oblivion wouldn’t solve.

Mojave Mark on July 2, 2007 at 1:23 AM

There’s nothing here that bombing Tehran into oblivion wouldn’t solve.

Yep. It is simply stunning the free pass that Iran is getting.

There are no words to express how inept our foreign policy is right now. State and Condi Rice are as useless as Chertoff.

It’s a damn shame.

reaganaut on July 2, 2007 at 1:29 AM

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran…

Hey Allah, this is off-topic but that first pingback you have from “University Update” is a splog. Don’t give ‘em the page rank.

bamapachyderm on July 2, 2007 at 2:10 AM

Bomb Iran
Promote McCain the POS that tired his dandiest to screw the American People along with his good bed fellows Kennedy and Bush.
And the video format is all wrong. By the way I’m a troll with the mind of a 4th grader.

American8298 on July 2, 2007 at 2:28 AM

I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the nutroots are right. U.S. forces should not be engaged in a police action and need to be redeployed out of Iraq. Into Iran.

jaime on July 2, 2007 at 2:45 AM

RTO TRainer took up my cho-to-shop Larry Johnson – Baghdad Bob challenge – excellent job, I think!

Topsecretk9 on July 2, 2007 at 2:50 AM

Bush can rehabilitate his image/legacy if he has Mahmoud Achmadinejad “kidnapped” and “executed” the way the five U.S. soldiers were by Iranian operatives.

And have it look like the work of a renegade al-Qaeda band.

(Slipshod reporters should stop using the word “executed” for these acts of terroristic murder, since it implies a legal sentence by a legitimate government for a crime.)

As a family member of one of those soldiers, I wholeheartedly second that notion. Do it to Daqduq as well.

Daqduq is extremely fortunate that it is not my responsibility to determine what is to be done with him.

I’ll leave it at that.

Hawkins1701 on July 2, 2007 at 3:29 AM

Iraq and its WMD’s

American8298 on July 2, 2007 at 3:51 AM

Thomas the Wrath,

No,no,no… your confusing Hizb’allah with Hamas!

/Sarc off

atadOFF on July 2, 2007 at 7:53 AM

But the lib Dummiecraps insist that we should “talk” to Iran. And then…..well, everything will be just peachy. Right?

lynnv on July 2, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Iran = Iraqi WMD

jediwebdude on July 2, 2007 at 12:28 AM

hey buddy, go bury your head back in sand. The war’s not over yet…

BadBrad on July 2, 2007 at 8:36 AM

They have since “confessed”. hahaha.

Now that we have a confession that links Iran to Hezzbollah and then to Iraq, can we NOW go do something about Iran? I’d love to see a naval blockade of Iranian oil going out and gasoline coming in.

csdeven on July 2, 2007 at 8:59 AM

Since the guy was an illegal alien, Bush can give him amnesty.Anybody diaagreeing will be called a “racist” bu South Carolina’s Howdy Doody.

MaiDee on July 2, 2007 at 9:42 AM

Yes… Iran is our enemy… so the US House last week passed that we can’t use any federal money to figure out Oil Shale technology…

So… world needs oil… we need oil… but we can’t drill off the coast, or in Alaska, or in the Gulf, or make oil shale economicly feasible…

But we can subsidise turning food (corn) into oil with tax dollars..

Iran is a power because it has hard capital to spend on foreign adventurism… we need to take oil out of the equation, and hit em where it hurts… DON’T invade and stay… just punish, then leave.

Romeo13 on July 2, 2007 at 10:15 AM

American8298 on July 2, 2007 at 2:28 AM

By the way I’m a troll with the mind of a 4th grader.

You’re a Iranian troll pretending to be an American troll, but just the same you are right, you are a troll.

Oh, and no, any forth grader would be more intelligent than you, which ultimately is why Iran is going to end up 10 times worse off than Iraq. Because like you, your Iranian leaders really are not bright enough to know when they have opened the gates to hell itself and taunted the fires of hell to burn them.

It’s one thing to stand outside the gates of hell taunting the flames while the gates are securely locked, its another thing altogether to open those gates wide open and taunt the full furry of the fires of hell, trust me on this one, that is exactly what you and your Iranian super genius leaders have done.

doriangrey on July 2, 2007 at 10:58 AM

The debunking will be easy and go something like this: The confessions were made under duress caused by the US interrogators and therefore are not reliable. Duress as the result of “torture”.

Claimsratt on July 2, 2007 at 1:31 PM

When are we going to carpet bomb Teheran?

georgej on July 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM

When are we going to carpet bomb Teheran?

georgej on July 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM

Not soon enough.

Iblis on July 2, 2007 at 2:16 PM

georgej on July 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM

Were not, but we might fire a couple of cruise missiles at a baby milk factory or aspirin factory or something…

doriangrey on July 2, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Were not, but we might fire a couple of cruise missiles at a baby milk factory or aspirin factory or something…

doriangrey on July 2, 2007 at 2:21 PM

That’ll really show ‘em… worked so well the first time…

BadBrad on July 2, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Yep. It is simply stunning the free pass that Iran is getting.

There are no words to express how inept our foreign policy is right now. State and Condi Rice are as useless as Chertoff.

It’s a damn shame.

Well said! The clock is ticking NOW on the GWB Administration’s opportunity either to MAKE history happen to Iran or to WAIT FOR Iran to make history happen to us.

As the British SAS say: “Who Dares Wins.”

Clearly: Condi Rice and State are losers by this standard.

Can Bush find it within himself to be a WINNER?

sanantonian on July 3, 2007 at 2:07 AM