DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> PELICANPOST.BLOGSPOT.COM: Iraqi citizens, stepping up to secure their country and future, turned over top al Qaeda terrorist to Iraqi and U.S. officials....

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Iraqi citizens, stepping up to secure their country and future, turned over top al Qaeda terrorist to Iraqi and U.S. officials....

Iraqi citizens are beginning to take hold of their progress toward democracy and are overtly participating to strengthen their own government and make it safe from terrorists.

Turning over al Qaeda terrorist leader Amir Khalaf Fanus was a big deal yesterday and was an extremely brave act of citizenship and responsibility. Their patriotism and belief in their country and its future should be a lesson for the whole world---particularly the anti-war naysayers, defeatists and cynics.

The citizens of Iraq are not about to wave the anti-war crowd's white flag of surrender and defeat and see their freedom sink into the desert sand.... They will hold their vital third election and they will succeed in proving the underminers wrong.

I am humbled by their bravery and conviction in the face of such danger and so proud to see that they are unselfishly prepared to lay their lives on the line to do what is necessary for the benefit of generations to come.

Such is the stuff true heroes are made of.

Read about it below or here.
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"'Butcher of Ramadi' Turned Over to Troops in Iraq"

"A top al Qaeda terrorist detained Friday by the joint Iraqi and U.S. forces in the provincial Iraqi capital of Ar Ramadi was reportedly brought by local Iraqi citizens to a military base in Ramadi.

U.S. officials said Amir Khalaf Fanus was wanted for criminal activities, including murder and kidnapping. Fanus was a member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda unit targeting Iraq. The unit is known as "Al Qaeda in the Land of the Two Rivers."

Fanus was listed as the number three terrorist on the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (28th Infantry Division) High Value Individual list. Known in Ramadi as "the Butcher" ....was reportedly well-known for his crimes against the local population.... is reported to be the highest-ranking al Qaeda member in Iraq to be turned in to Iraqi and U.S. officials by local citizens.

U.S. officials said the capture was a sign that locals were tiring with the insurgents' presence within their community. They also said that as the Dec. 15 national elections draw nearer "Iraqi and U.S. Forces are witnessing increasing signs of citizens fighting the terrorists...."

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