May 20th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

Al Qaeda commander: 'We got the order to execute attacks'

A man who oversaw suicide attacks that devastated the Iraqi government said he got an order to target four ministries in the strikes, which killed and injured hundreds of citizens last year.

Munaf al-Rawi identified himself as al Qaeda in Iraq's top commander in Baghdad during an exclusive interview with CNN. He said it took about six weeks to plan and carry out the August 19 twin suicide bombings that hit the ministries of finance and foreign affairs.

More attacks in October targeted the Baghdad governorate and the ministry of justice.

In his interview with CNN's Fred Pleitgen Tuesday, al-Rawi explained how the network planned and carried out large-scale attacks in Baghdad.

Pleitgen was the first Western television journalist to interview the recently captured al-Rawi. The Iraqi government made him available to CNN and

Arabic-language media to show its strides in the fight against terrorism.

Al-Rawi was captured in March at a checkpoint in Baghdad while riding in a taxi, according to Iraqi officials.

U.S. military officials say al-Rawi is an example of a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader whose arrest and interrogation resulted in "good raids."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. John Dimslie

    Congratulations to CNN on its "exclusive" interview with the mass murderer and on having the "journalistic integrity" not to do anything to stop him.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Dimslie's Antagonist

      Congrats on not being able to read, Einstein. "In his interview with CNN's Fred Pleitgen Tuesday, al-Rawi explained how the network planned and carried out large-scale attacks in Baghdad. Pleitgen was the first Western television journalist to interview the RECENTLY CAPTURED al-Rawi. The Iraqi government MADE HIM AVAILABLE TO CNN and Arabic-language media to show its strides in the fight against terrorism."

      Go back to Fox News, kthanxbai

      May 20, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. JACKSON

    he's captued, we got good intel, now hang him!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. michael

    we need to squeez more info from this mass murdering monster then execute him, or give reduced terms if he fully repents and dedicates his life in atonment which is unlikely so execute him. he can atone in his next life

    May 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jules

    sadly , in many cases the media has access to info that could save lives, instead they hold on to it to save their pockets

    May 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    THIS JUST IN...COWARD AZ SHERIFF LETS K9 LOOSE ON WOMAN STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM. DOG RUNS IN OTHER DIRECTION.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Saidi

    This is 100% Iraqi operation, the Iraqi forces cuptured him after he has been tracked a long time.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tidus

    Strap a bomb to him and make him run towards the enemy and then detonate him

    June 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |