May 26, 2005

NO, I WANT TO WEAR THE BULL'S EYE!:

Iraq's Deadliest Insurgent Group May Be in Disarray Amid Leadership Crisis (Qassim Abdul-Zahara, 5/26/05, Associated Press)

Iraq's most lethal insurgent group appears to be facing a leadership crisis amid conflicting reports about the fate of its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and whether a Saudi militant has been named to stand in for him.

Iraq's interior and defense ministers said Thursday they have information that al-Zarqawi has been wounded - apparent confirmation of recent rumors that the Jordanian-born terrorist leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was injured. But the officials said they did not know how severe the injury might be.

Meanwhile, a host of sometimes-dueling statements posted by militants on Web sites made it clear there could be confusion within the group itself - or perhaps even a leadership struggle - over al-Zarqawi's status.

None of the statements could be independently verified, but many of them were posted on a Web site known as a clearinghouse for al-Zarqawi, thus increasing their chances of being credible.


The only reasonable jihadi way to settle it is a fight to the death.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2005 11:09 AM
Comments

Mr. Judd;

No, they could do it the way the Palestinians ran their elections by having a contest to see who could kill the most civilians.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 26, 2005 11:45 AM

The Palestinians are democrats. Al Qaeda aren't.

Posted by: oj at May 26, 2005 1:16 PM
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