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How not to catch a terrorist

Iraqi security forces reveal stellar aptitude for incompetence -- no doubt thanks to their excellent training by the Pentagon.
Iraqi security forces caught the most wanted man in the country last year, but released him because they didn't know who he was, the Iraqi deputy minister of interior said Thursday.
Hussain Kamal confirmed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi -- the al Qaeda in Iraq leader who has a $25 million bounty on his head -- was in custody at some point last year, but he wouldn't provide further details.
A U.S. official couldn't confirm the report, but said he wouldn't dismiss it. "It is plausible," he said. [CNN via Daily Kos]
It's nice to see that the Bush administration is indeed successfully training Iraqis to be every bit as incompetent as their own. Don't worry, we'll make a Michael Brown out of each one of you.
Lakshmi Chaudhry is a senior editor at In These Times, and the former senior editor of AlterNet. You can write to her at [email protected].