Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Al Qaeda Weakening in Iraq

The mainstream news media in the U.S. paint a gloomy picture of what is happening in Iraq. However, Al Qaeda sees the situation more clearly and recognizes their weak and deteriorating position. In a document captured April 16, an unidentified Al Qaeda operative acknowledges that "every year is worse than the previous year". Why does he say that?

The strength of the brothers in Baghdad is built mainly on booby trapped cars, and most of the mujahidin groups in Baghdad are generally groups of assassin without any organized military capabilities.

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. ...

The policy followed by the brothers in Baghdad is a media oriented policy without a clear comprehensive plan to capture an area or an enemy center. Other word, the significance of the strategy of their work is to show in the media that the American and the government do not control the situation and there is resistance against them. ...

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.

The resistance in Iraq is losing, and they know it. Our efforts in Iraq are producing progress, but slowly. The pace of progress does not suit the American preference for quick results, but it is the best way to wage the war in Iraq. How long will it be before the American mainstream media recognize the reality on the ground in Iraq?

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