January surprise in Iraq?

Iraq refuses to say if Zarqawi detained

Hmmm. An Iraqi official won’t comment on whether or not that bastard al-Zarqawi is in custody.

“I wouldn’t like to comment for the time being,” Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib said when asked about rumors that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been arrested. “Let’s see. Maybe in the next few days we will make a comment about it.”

As in, just before election day.

This would be great news indeed.

An audiotape allegedly made by al-Zarqawi surfaced on Thursday. (via Rantburg)