April 26, 2005

Al-Zarqawi prefers PCs over Macs

Al-Zarqawi eluded raid but left clues, source says

By Richard Engel
NBC News correspondent
Updated: 8:05 a.m. ET April 26, 2005BAGHDAD, Iraq - American special forces were tracking Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of Al-Qaida in Iraq, near the town of Ramadi two months ago, but the Jordanian-born terrorist leader escaped by jumping out of a moving vehicle, a senior U.S. military source tells NBC News.

Al-Zarqawi did, however, leave behind several key pieces of intelligence, the source said, the most important of which was his laptop computer.

Photos of suspected insurgents released by the military last month were taken from the "My Pictures" folder of that laptop, the source said. It was also full of telephone numbers.

Also left behind in the car was a bag with about $100,000 in euro currency. Another bag contained mini, plugin harddrives, the source said, and evidently al-Zarqawi was using these to distribute information to his network in Iraq.

Along with those items, he must have left his intelligence.

How could he not anticipate the possibility of having his laptop fall in the hands of our forces? And more importantly, why on earth did he not try to at least make a feeble attempt to encrypt his files rather than simple store them on his (hehe) desktop folder "My Pictures"?

Windows XP is so user-friendly, even a terrorist thug can use it...


Posted by Kyer at April 26, 2005 09:58 AM