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Al Qeada in Iraq Letters

In any war the morale of the fighting men is not everything but without the determination to fight for the cause It does not matter how well equipped or financed  a fighting force is if the men won’t fight. Well I am sure that the likes of my resident Marxist is going to be terribly upset that al-Qaeda seems to be in a very serious decline in Iraq so perhaps this is something of a turning point in that war and proof that the “surge ” has been effective and that the Nihilism of the Jihadists is not as sustainable as the leadership of al Qaeda( and the leftists) wanted to believe.

Abu-Tariq, al-Qaeda leader

“There were almost 600 fighters in our sector before the tribes changed course 360 degrees . . . Many of our fighters quit and some of them joined the deserters . . . As a result of that the number of fighters dropped down to 20 or less.”

“We were mistreated, cheated and betrayed by some of our brothers who used to be part of the Jihadi movement, therefore we must not have mercy on those traitors until they come back to the right side or get eliminated completely.”

Unnamed emir, Anbar province

“The Islamic State of Iraq [al-Qaeda] is faced with an extraordinary crisis, especially in al-Anbar province. Al-Qaeda’s expulsion from Anbar created weakness and psychological defeat. This also created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight.

“The morale of the fighters went down and they wanted to be transferred to administrative positions rather than be fighters. There was a total collapse in the security structure of the organisation.”

The Times  

The analysis of how significant these letters are is most interesting and gives a very different picture to the one often  imagined in the light of the regular reports about suicide bombings in Iraq.

Cheers Comrades

🙂

 


16 Comments

  1. Craigy says:

    So are you saying we have ‘won’ the war??

    Yep I guess you are, well your mentor A. Bolt tried it on his blog the other day and had to remove his post (because he looked like such an idiot).

    Yep US aggression has made the world a better place, the Middle East is safer and all those who hated our greedy culture before, just love us to death and would never think of attacking us again.

    Mission accomplished, let’s hope the US elects McCain, so we can now get on with the real job of attacking the Russians again, now that we have won the war in Iraq and the Middle East is a safe and stable friend.

  2. Iain says:

    No Craigy I am not by any stretch of the imagination claiming victory in Iraq.

    Yours is just the sort of response I expected from minions of the Uber-left. i suppose that you wish that Saddam was still in power and back to brewing up anthrax and persuing other WMD options…

  3. Suburban Marxist says:

    Well I am sure that the likes of my resident Marxist…

    Ooh! oh! Is that me!

    What are the benefits of residency here…hmmm…I see no discount card, no courtesy car, and NO ROOM SERVICE!

    😦

    Anyways,…now, let’s see, upset about Al Qaeda’s serious decline in Iraq…yes, well, aside from the fact that I opposed the war that opened the door to Al Qaeda gaining a foothold in Iraq and turning it into one big ‘ol recruiting and training ground, there is also the fact that being a Marxist I am not a supporter of Al Qaeda, and the even more important fact that Al Qaeda is neither the driving force or the main component of the Iraqi resistance to the US led occupation.

    “How big, then, is AQI? The most persuasive estimate I’ve heard comes from Malcolm Nance, the author of The Terrorists of Iraq and a twenty-year intelligence veteran and Arabic speaker who has worked with military and intelligence units tracking al-Qaeda inside Iraq. He believes AQI includes about 850 full-time fighters, comprising 2 percent to 5 percent of the Sunni insurgency. “Al-Qaeda in Iraq,” according to Nance, “is a microscopic terrorist organization.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2007/0710.tilghman.html

    Now, where’s my martini and club sandwich!

  4. Elijah says:

    Yep US aggression has made the world a better place,

    Right on.

    the Middle East is safer and all those who hated our greedy culture before, just love us to death and would never think of attacking us again.

    Who ever said they had to like us? As long as they don’t attack us again that’s mission accomplished.

  5. Elijah says:

    Congrats SM. You’ve demonstrated that you should never come near intelligence analysis ever again. Your response completely and epically fails to address Al Qaeda’s MO of facilitation, networking and supply. There’s a reason it’s called “the base.”

    Dipshit.

  6. Iain says:

    “Now, where’s my Martini and club sandwich!”
    Sorry the best that this gentleman’s club offers is Earl Grey tea and a ham* sandwich.
    *That is to weed out the Jihadists

  7. Mondo Rock says:

    Interesting stats SM.

    The war cheerleaders just love pretending that we’re fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq, rather than admit that we’re actually fighting local Iraqis, but I hadn’t realised that Al Qaeda were as small as that!!

    I wonder if the Righties ever ask themselves why they see a need to lie about the details of the war?

  8. Suburban Marxist says:

    Elijah, if Iraq is AQ’s ‘base’, who is responsible for that coming about?

    Iain, ham sandwich eh? Hmmm…at least we’ll be safe from Zionists as well…

    😉

  9. Sarcastic says:

    I like the way Abu-Tariq thinks the tribes changed course 360 degrees. Wouldn’t this leave them pointing in the same direction?

  10. Elijah says:

    Elijah, if Iraq is AQ’s ‘base’, who is responsible for that coming about?

    You’re and idiot. I cannot believe how ignorant you are. Al Qaeda means “the base” in Arabic you cluefucked retard.

    That’s good enough to describe their MO.

    Why don’t you read Inside Al Qaeda and relieve yourself of your ignorance.

    And besides why insist on this red-herring?

    The war cheerleaders just love pretending that we’re fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq, rather than admit that we’re actually fighting local Iraqis, but I hadn’t realised that Al Qaeda were as small as that!!

    I guess you lefties just love to pretend you know something about war and strategy rather than admit that we face a fourth-generation opponent who’s chief capability is it’s statelessness and who’s power is projected by more than their numbers.

  11. Suburban Marxist says:

    You’re and idiot. I cannot believe how ignorant you are. Al Qaeda means “the base” in Arabic you cluefucked retard.

    That’s good enough to describe their MO.

    Elijah, your apoplexy relieves you of comprehension. Thanks to the actions of the ‘Triangle of Terror’ (the US, UK and Australia) AQ now has a entire country to recruit, train and fight in. I’d like to hear you deny it.

    …rather than admit that we face a fourth-generation opponent…

    I don’t know who you think you’re ‘facing’ from your battle-hardened armchair Elijah, but I suspect its only your Mum come to bring you afternoon tea…

  12. Elijah says:

    Thanks to the actions of the ‘Triangle of Terror’ (the US, UK and Australia) AQ now has a entire country to recruit, train and fight in. I’d like to hear you deny it.

    Thanks to their brutal tactics like feeding tribal elders’ children to them this is no longer the case. I guess you missed the Anbar Awakening.

    I don’t know who you think you’re ‘facing’ from your battle-hardened armchair Elijah, but I suspect its only your Mum come to bring you afternoon tea…

    No argument again. Thanks for handing me the victory in this debate.

  13. Suburban Marxist says:

    No argument again. Thanks for handing me the victory in this debate.

    Dream on, tube-steak.

  14. Elijah says:

    Well let’s see. First a red herring then an outdated strategic situation and an ad hominem.

    Yep. You win.

    Get this through your thick skull you bottom feeder. Just because you don’t want to believe what I say, and don’t want to be convinced otherwise doesn’t mean you win.

    Being right is not about convincing you.

  15. Suburban Marxist says:

    Lol!

    From the King of Ad hominem himself!

    AQ has, since the US led invasion of 2003, been able to recruit, train and operate in Iraq, whereas prior to the invasion it had not.

    Is this not true?

    The US surge in Baghdad has been a ‘success’ to the extent that the city has largely been ethnically cleansed, something that is deplorable if carried out by Rwandan or Serbian militia but an admirable achievement if perpetrated by the US and its allies.

    Being right is not about convincing you

    Or anyone else…so I guess you’re doomed live in error…

  16. Elijah says:

    Lol!

    From the King of Ad hominem himself!

    How many times does this have to be explained to you?

    Insults are not ad hominem. Arguing that an argument is false because of something about a person is. Ram the difference into your head.

    AQ has, since the US led invasion of 2003, been able to recruit, train and operate in Iraq, whereas prior to the invasion it had not.

    Is this not true?

    And after the Awakening, this capacity was dramatically and catastrophically reduced.

    The US surge in Baghdad has been a ’success’ to the extent that the city has largely been ethnically cleansed, something that is deplorable if carried out by Rwandan or Serbian militia but an admirable achievement if perpetrated by the US and its allies.

    Really? And your proof of this is… I thought so.

    The military briefings would say otherwise. The vast majority of reduction in violence has occured because of a two factors. 1st is the increased street patrols made possible by the surge (again from the military briefings and reports such as those by Lt. Col. Killcullen) and 2nd the split between the Sunni insurgents and Al Qaeda (again from military briefings and reports).

    Or anyone else…so I guess you’re doomed live in error…

    If error means my arguments stand up to close analysis while everyone else’s rests on premises which beg questions, then by all means I would love to be “doomed [to] live in error.”

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