May 4 (Bloomberg) — U.S.-led forces are honing in on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, who may be hiding in or around Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman said today.
Al-Zarqawi’s “focus is Yusufiyah and Baghdad, and we believe his personal location is somewhere close to these operations,” Major General Rick Lynch told reporters during a televised briefing in the capital.
U.S.-led forces seized documents, Google satellite maps, sketches, and video footage during five recent raids in Yusufiyah, a town on the Euphrates River about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Lynch said. The material is helping the coalition forces “gain insight” into “his plans and his mind,” he added.
“Zarqawi is zooming in on Baghdad, and we are zooming in on him,” Lynch said.