The quote from Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, who is the head of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force about Abu Musab Zarqawi. Isolated in Western Iraq, Zarqawi is being hunted down by the Marines, his leaders have been killed and captured, and he can trust no one with a 25 million dollar bounty on his head.
Rowan Scarborough from the Washington Times reports
Zarqawi fled the Anbar region before his base in Fallujah was captured by a Marine-Army force in November. He operated in northern Iraq until he was pressed back to western Iraq, but this time in isolated frontier country.
”He can’t use cell phones,” Gen. Sattler said of the Jordanian-born terrorist, whose capture promises a $25 million reward. “He can’t use any type of Internet. He doesn’t know who he can trust.”
Zarqawi’s foreign jihadists have strapped themselves in bombs and blown up hundreds of Iraqi civilians as well as coalition troops. In recent months, they have targeted Iraqi security forces, the linchpin in the Bush administration’s plan to bring permanent democracy to Iraq.
Gen. Sattler disclosed in the interview that his Marines and special operations troops came within a whisker of capturing the terror master “within the last six weeks” in western Iraq.
While guarded on details, Gen. Sattler said that only poor visibility in bad weather allowed Zarqawi to escape.
”The elements worked to his advantage,” the three-star general said.
Gen. Sattler led the force of Marines, Army tank battalions and Iraqis that took Fallujah in the largest battle in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003.
All I can say is, God bless the Marines. They do a tough job with a great deal of Pride.