Big Bust at Al Qaeda Gas Station

Obviously, Terror Free Oil has not caught on yet in Iraq.

A gas station associated with the Terror Free Oil Initiative opened for business Thursday, Feb 1, 2007, in Omaha, Neb. The groups objective is to encourage Americans to buy gasoline that originated from countries that do not export of finance terrorism. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

A top Al Qaeda aide and gas station owner was arrested today south of Baghdad:

Iraqi security forces detained an aide to the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in a raid early Thursday at a gas station south of Baghdad, state-run television and a security official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the aide to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was one of two men arrested in the dawn raid.

The two suspects ran a gas station in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, on behalf of al-Qaida in Iraq, the official said, adding the returns from selling gas and other oil products on the black market were being used to finance the operations of local al-Qaida in Iraq cells.

The official, who was involved in the raid, did not identify the two men, but added that the al-Masri aide had confessed to meeting the terror network leader the previous day in the Mahmoudiya area, but that he could not tell investigators of his current whereabouts because he was constantly on the move.

The Iraqi Al Qaeda leader was here…

Al Qaeda in Iraq leader al-Masri was seen in Mahmoudiya yesterday, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. (BBC Map)

When he is not collecting funds from his gas station, Al Masri is putting out podcasts. His latest release pushes the democratic plan for Iraq.

The Jawa Report has more on the very promising developments that the media is choosing to ignore.
AJ Strata has more on the “Surge and Purge”.
The New York Sun writes that there is a reason that Al Qaeda in Iraq is not getting the press they crave.

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