From Jim Mannion in Washington, The Australian
OSAMA bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Islamic militants the United States most wants to catch, were trying to communicate with each other, a top US general said today.
They probably had not succeeded because of the long distances couriers had to travel to carry messages between them, said Lieutenant General Lance Smith, deputy commander of the US Central Command.
"But we know for a fact that there are attempts at communication between them," he said at a Pentagon press conference, acknowledging that the assessment was not confirmed by multiple source intelligence reporting.
"And whether it is to congratulate him on having announced he wants to be part of al-Qaeda, or it's to communicate instructions, or what it is, we don't know," he said.
Considering Zarqawi was fighting in Afghanistan with Bin Laden long before our taking of Baghdad, I can't imagine his recent announcement of a formal alliance with AQ comes as any surprise to UBL. But the feeble attempt to present that proclamation as a new revelation does play well with the less-than-well-read, anti-Iraqi war communities thruout the world. The use of half truths is, apparently, turning into a journalistic standard.
That UBL and Zarqawi were attempting contact is no surprise. But their inability to do so is may have alot to do with all those good guys (that would be us....) on the roads inbetween them! Add this to the proof that the US coalition's disruption of the terrorist network is real, and not military propaganda.