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Zarqawi: Relieved from duty
Posted by: McQ on Monday, April 03, 2006

An interesting bit of news:
Iraq's resistance has replaced Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as political head of the rebels, confining him to a military role, the son of Osama bin Laden's mentor told AFP Sunday in Jordan.

"The Iraqi resistance's high command asked Zarqawi to give up his political role and replaced him with an Iraqi, because of several mistakes he made," said Hudayf Azzam, who claims close contacts with the rebels.

"Zarqawi's role has been limited to military action," said Azzam, whose late father Abdallah Azzam was the mentor of bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda boss.

"Zarqawi bowed to the orders two weeks ago and was replaced by Iraqi national Abdullah bin Rashed al-Baghdadi," Azzam said.

Azzam, 35, whose father was known as the "prince of mujahedeens", said he regularly receives "credible information on the resistance in Iraq".

He said Zarqawi "made many political mistakes", including "the creation of an independent organisation, Al-Qaeda in Iraq".

"Zarqawi also took the liberty of speaking in the name of the Iraqi people and resistance, a role which belongs only to the Iraqis," Azzam said.

As a result "the resistance command inside and outside Iraq, including imams, criticised him and after long discussions demanded that he be confined to military action", Azzam said.

"Zarqawi pledged not to carry out any more attacks against Iraq's neighbours after having been criticised for these operations which are considered a violation of sharia (Islamic law)," Azzam said.
The bombing in Jordan apparently was the straw that broke the camel's back. And, as we recall from earlier, other al Qaeda leaders had criticized Zarqawi for his attacks on other muslims. The move apparently gives 'command' of the AQ forces in Iraq to an Iraqi.

This reminds me of a paragraph I read over at Austin Bay's blog (where he is quoting a piece from Stategy Page):
The alliance with al Qaeda was a disaster. These Islamic terrorists were obsessed with causing a civil war in Iraq, and they insisted on doing this by killing lots of Shia Arabs. The Sunni Arabs didn’t want to kill lots of Shia Arabs, they wanted to rule them all once more. But that raised another contentious issue. While some Sunni Arabs were in favor of an Islam Republic, which al Qaeda insisted on, most Sunni Arabs wanted a more secular Sunni Arab dominated government. This dispute was never resolved, as the split between al Qaeda and the Sunni Arab community widened. At the moment, al Qaeda is not welcome in most Sunni Arab areas. That’s “come near this place and we’ll kill you” not welcome.
We're often accused of not winning the "hearts and minds" of the Iraqi people. Zarqawi could write a book on how to turn a population (the Sunnis and Saddam dead-enders) looking for an ally into mortal enemies. While we've certainly made mistakes in Iraq, we are not the only ones to have done so.
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The only winner in Iraq is Iran. Richard Clark called it years ago. Too bad no one listened.
Written By: cindyb
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Yeah, the Iranian mullahs must be rejoicing to see democracy, a free press, and women’s rights groups right next door — all the things Iranian people are clamoring for.

Yep, a real win for them.
Written By: TallDave
Kind of like the removal of Hitler was a big win for the Soviets.

But soon they had to build a wall to keep everyone in East Germany from fleeing their socialist workers’ paradise.
Written By: TallDave
Well he’s been fired, does he know it yet? Has he had his exit interview? Who’se gonna escort him out of the building? Has he signed a No Compete Clause in his contract?
Written By: Joe
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Actually it’s great news, but will it be reported as such or even widely reported? After all if Rumsfeld stepped down THAT would be news, but this guy... well we’ll see. The insugency is failing, it’s replacing its leadesrship and repudiating its actions and strategy. So will it be reported as such or is this not really good news?
Written By: Joe
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You are so 2004. Zarqawi is a bogeyman. He is no longer relevant. Only hacks and the uninformed care about him anymore. Again, I think your main problem is not your conservative mind set, but your unwillingness to analyze new facts.

The primary threat posed by Iraq is not that posed by terrorists. Do you really understand this? Really?
Yeah, the Iranian mullahs must be rejoicing to see democracy, a free press, and women’s rights groups right next door — all the things Iranian people are clamoring for.

Yep, a real win for them.
You sir, are a liar. You lie. You lie with impunity. Read any obkective account of what is going on in Basra right now concerning women’s rights.

You must hate women. There is no other explnation.
Written By: mkultra
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When did this site become so hackish?
Written By: mkultra
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When did this site become so hackish?
Right after you first showed up, why?
Written By: McQ

The bile that comes out of your mouth is un-f*cking-believable.

As Miles Raymond put it, "you’re a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of raw sewage".

Rot already.
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