May 3, 2005


Forces Recover Al-Zarqawi Letter in Baghdad (PA, 5/03/05)

US-led forces have recovered a letter they believe was addressed to Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi complaining about low morale among his followers and the incompetence of leaders in his terror network, the military said today. [...]

The military said it was written by Abu Asim al-Qusaymi al-Yemeni, whom they identified as a member of al Qaida in the Land Between the Two Rivers, one of the former names used by al-Zarqawi’s al Qaida in Iraq terror group.

The letter, dated April 27, is addressed to “the sheik,” a title used by al-Zarqawi’s followers to refer to their leader, the military said.

The letter advocates jihad and praises “the sheik” for being “a thorn in the mouth of the Americans,” the military said.

But it also speaks of low morale, weakening support for the insurgency, and the incompetence of many militant leaders, the statement said. The author also reportedly admonishes the “the sheik” for abandoning his followers since Fallujah – an insurgent stronghold that was the subject of a major US-led assault in November.

They just don't make jihadis like they used to...

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2005 1:44 PM

"The authenticity of the letter could not be independently verified."

Sounds like a tidy bit of psy-ops.

Posted by: flanman at May 3, 2005 2:36 PM

The authenticity of almost any video or tape or letter from one of the leaders of al Qaida Inc. can not be "independently verified."

Why would this one be any less valid than all the rest? On what basis does flanman claim that it is a 'tidy bit of psy-ops"?

Unless s/he is judging the validity of the note by its content, accepting only if it looks good for 'your' side and rejecting it if it looks bad for 'your' side. Great, more partisan thinking; that will help a lot.

So for the Far Left if a note/tape comes out claiming responsiblity for a bombing attack or assassination attempt, its authenticity is never semms to be in doubt yet if a note/tape is found that reflects poorly upon those 'heroic freedom-fighters" its validity is quickly dismissed (as per flanman's post above).

This note is good new. We are winning the long, hard slog that we were warned about--no matter what all the nay-sayers are claiming.

Posted by: x at May 3, 2005 4:35 PM

I hope it's for real . . . but it would be almost as nice if we have a psy-ops corps that's so good that it produces "black" propaganda indistinguishable from a genuine lament by the bad guys, and so convincing that it causes the bad guys' morale to sink.

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 3, 2005 4:52 PM