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Al Qaeda: Every year is worse than the last in Baghdad
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 09, 2006

CENTCOM has released the translations of some captured al Qaeda documents. They are an interesting look inside the AQ view of their progress or lack there of, in this particular case, Baghdad. Some highlights:
There is a clear absence of organization among the groups of the brothers in Baghdad, whether at the leadership level in Baghdad, the brigade leaders, or their groups therein. Coordination among them is very difficult, which appears clearly when the group undertake a join operations.

[...]

At the same time, the Americans and the Government were able to absorb our painful blows, sustain them, compensate their losses with new replacements, and follow strategic plans which allowed them in the past few years to take control of Baghdad as well as other areas one after the other. That is why every year is worse than the previous year as far as the Mujahidin’s control and influence over Baghdad.

[...]

First, their media power is presented by their special radio and TV stations as the sole Sunni information source, coupled with our weak media which is confined mainly to the Internet, without a flyer or newspaper to present these events.

Second, in the course of their control of the majority of the speakers at mosques who convert right into wrong and wrong into right, and present Islam in a sinful manner and sins in a Muslim manner. At the same time we did not have any positive impact or benefits from our operations.
Read the whole thing. It's a pretty candid assessment of why the foreign jihad element of the insurgency has largely failed and will continue to be less and less of a factor in Iraq.
 
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Written By: shark
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I think the further we get from 9/11, the more we will see that Al Qaeda has never been the existential threat that it was made out to be. These guys are extremely well funded killers, but underneath the hate for modernity, they have nothing to offer Islam or its adherents. They are (were) capable of launching spectacular one-off attacks, but at the end of the day, they have nothing else to offer but more killing. Like all killers, they need to be stopped. But they have never been a serious threat to us or our way of life.

In Iraq, the Sunnis used Al Qaeda brilliantly to further they own ends in the civil war. It was really only a matter of time before the Sunnis cut them loose and then turned on them. If one wants to talk about the strategic errors in Iraq, the failure to understand and acknowledge that we were primarily in the middle of a civil war from the beginning, and that Al Qaeda was merely an agent in that war, is the fundamental mistake. Now that we understand that mistake ( at least I hope the Administration understands it), we actually have a chance for a stable gov’t in Iraq.
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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Right Steven. The foreign jihadis lost long ago. Now the only conflict worth mentioning is the sunni vs. shia conflict. The way I see it though, we can’t really end their civil war, or how ever you want to describe the sectarian violence. (I think of it as a "Political War"). The Iraqis will have to form a stable govt and put an end to this sectarian violence. We have to just stop it from blowing up in to any sort of large scale conflicts.
 
Written By: Chris
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These guys are extremely well funded killers, but underneath the hate for modernity, they have nothing to offer Islam or its adherents. They are (were) capable of launching spectacular one-off attacks, but at the end of the day, they have nothing else to offer but more killing. Like all killers, they need to be stopped. But they have never been a serious threat to us or our way of life.
While I essentially agree that they’re not a serious threat to our way of life, they are a serious threat to our quality of life, simply because of the lethal threat they pose, be it fairly random or not.

I think it would be hard to argue, given their committment to Iraq, that they thought they could take their movement to stage two: actually confronting the west in battle. Bouyed by their success against the Russians in Afghanistan, they were sure it was only a matter of time before Iraq transformed itself into another Afghanistan and they would again emerge victorious.

As serious a strategic miscalculation as you’ve ever seen. We aren’t the Russians and, to the surprise of AQ, we aren’t the paper tigers they were led to believe we were.

Look for AQ to eventually withdraw their support for the effort in Iraq and go back to doing what they do best: spectacular and splashy mass casualty attacks, which, if they can ever manage them, will someday include WMDs.
 
Written By: McQ
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’The whole country smells like death’

Thanks, Rummy.
Well of course (forehead slap!) ... it’s Rumsfeld who’s been blowing up cars in crowded markets.
 
Written By: McQ
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Ah good, al Qaida according to US documents are not really in the mood anymore. All the real problems are over now, yee-madrfacken-hah.

If we all now would stop using eyes and ears and believe this Centcomcrap really, really hard couldn’t we speed things up a little bit?

So maybe the enormous embassy and all those permanent military bases could be broken down and the US occupation could end much sooner than currently foreseen and free the markets and the people of US corruption and oppression of empire.
 
Written By: Oebstramat
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If we all now would stop using eyes and ears and believe this Centcomcrap really, really hard couldn’t we speed things up a little bit?
CENTCOM didn’t write this stuff ... it came from the eyes and hands of AQ.

And, as I understand it, we are speeding things up. We just cancelled the planned deployment of a brigade from Germany. That actually came from "centcomcrap".
 
Written By: McQ
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Death to al-Qaeda

I pray every day for you death, your children’s death, and your children’s children’s death.

God Bless America
 
Written By: Stephen French
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Does not come as a surprise that the AP would come up and publish someone who says our military beat al-zaqawi. When will they start caring about this country?
 
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