John from Verum Serum sends along a nice catch, so to speak: He’s been reading carefully over General Petraeus’ public comments about conditions in Iraq and noticed he dropped a name no one has yet seized upon: Abu Mustafa Al-Sheibani. Petraeus said:
As you know, there are seven Quds Force members in detention as well. This involvement, again, we learned more about with the detention of an individual named Sheibani, who is one of the heads of the Sheibani network, which brings explosively formed projectiles into Iraq from Iran. His brother is the Iranian connection. He is — was in Iraq. And that has been the conduit that then distributes these among the extremist elements again of these secret cells and so forth.
Sheibani is on the Iraqi Government’s “41 most wanted” list. Not only does this guy work for and with Iran, John notes, but he’s also thought to be the first guy to bring in the Explosively Formed Projectiles. From Time, August 2005 (and that’s a good article.):
The U.S. Military’s new nemesis in Iraq is named Abu Mustafa al-Sheibani, and he is not a Baathist or a member of al-Qaeda. He is working for Iran. According to a U.S. military-intelligence document obtained by TIME, al-Sheibani heads a network of insurgents created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps with the express purpose of committing violence against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Over the past eight months, his group has introduced a new breed of roadside bomb more lethal than any seen before; based on a design from the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hizballah, the weapon employs “shaped” explosive charges that can punch through a battle tank’s armor like a fist through the wall.
The MSM hasn’t picked up on his capture yet. One wonders when and if they will…the capture of two major Iran-linked terror leaders in Iraq may just be too much good news for them to handle. Besides, a Republican got caught with a call girl!
Exit question: Do you think anyone will be claiming the $200,000 reward for Sheibani’s capture?
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UPDATE: They’re biting, all right. First I’d heard about this guy’s unlamented demise:
The U.S. military said Mohammed Abdullah Abbas Al Issawi was killed on April 20 in a coalition operation northwest of Baghdad. The military said Al Issawi, also known as Abdul Sattar and Abu Akram, was an Al Qaida commander in the Ameriya and Karmah areas around the Iraqi capital, Middle East Newsline reported.
Al Issawi was also identified as the so-called emir, or chief, of Al Qaida in Anbar. Al Qaida was said to have established a major presence in the eastern province.
More evidence of success from that Al-Anbar surge (and cooperative sheiks) that AllahPundit actually cracked a smile about a few days back. Sattar/Issawi/Akram led the cell that used the 12-year old kids in their car-bombs, so good riddance.