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 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.