How They Got Him
Here's a cool backgrounder
:In recent weeks, American officials say, they had begun following a man who they believed could lead them directly to Mr. Zarqawi: his "spiritual adviser," Sheik Abd al-Rahman. A member of Mr. Zarqawi's network, captured by the Americans, had told them the sheik was Mr. Zarqawi's most trusted adviser.
Some weeks ago, American officials said, they began tracking Mr. Rahman with a remotely piloted aircraft, hoping he would lead them to their quarry.
And is it just me or does the military seem overly interested in letting the world know that they got him with inside help?"We have a guy on the inside who led us directly to Zarqawi," the official said.
In a news release on Thursday morning, American military commanders hinted strongly that a member of Mr. Zarqawi's inner circle had pointed the way. "Tips and intelligence from Iraqi senior leaders from his network led forces to al-Zarqawi," the release said.
Iraqi officials confirmed that Mr. Zarqawi had indeed been sold out by one of his own.
"We have managed to infiltrate this organization," said Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser. He declined to elaborate.
One hopes that Zarqawi's buddies are all sitting in tight quarters looking at each other with distrust.