Monday, March 10, 2008

What Is Driving Al Qaeda In Northern Iraq? The American Presidential Elections!

There is a fascinating interview with one of the top commanders of al Qaeda in Iraq (more specifically, in northern Iraq) named Abu-Turab Al-Jaza'iri. I encourage you to read the whole interview with this slime here at MEMRI, but what I wanted to spotlight was one paragraph of his interview which reads:

On the change in Al-Qaeda's strategy and the continuation of attacks, Al-Jaza'iri said: "It is clear that the strategy [of capturing cities and turning them into Al-Qaeda bases] has failed, so today we are fighting a guerilla war, or, as some call it, 'street fighting.' The efficacy of this [strategy] has been proven in various contexts. We have been instructed to focus our attacks on targets that are strategically and morally important to our enemies, on the eve of the U.S. election campaign."

Get that? Al Qaeda in Iraq is basing their hopes of winning in Iraq by creating an atmosphere of such shock and awe that it will help affect the American Presidential elections. Let's face it, it worked for these guys in regards to Spain and they see it working in America. It's plain to see that al Qaeda in Iraq is putting all of their chips on some major attacks that kill tons of people or a large number of U.S. troops so they can ensure the election of an Obama or a Clinton who promise to surrender America out of Iraq. Look at the next statement from the commander:

"...It is the type of attacks and the way they are planned that will be changed. Accordingly, we will be focusing on operations that cause the maximum pain and bewilderment to the enemy. This [shift] will open a new page in the fighting, which you will notice on the fifth anniversary of the occupation of Iraq..."

You see, this is an admission that al Qaeda in Iraq cannot make any progress against U.S. or IA forces. Their only hope is to sway opinion in Iraq and in America. It's pretty plain to see that they will accomplish this with huge car bomb attacks and suicide attacks.

Let's face it. It is a sound strategy. If John McCain wins in November, al Qaeda in Iraq will be annhilated. If Obama or Clinton win, al Qaeda will eventually win over Iraq and claim the prize of Baghdad that Osama bin laden once said was the jewel of the world to his cause. And who said your vote doesn't count in America?

Al-Qaeda Commander in Northern Iraq: We Are in Dire Straits

On February 12, 2008, the Qatari daily Al-'Arab published an interview with Al-Qaeda commander in northern Iraq Abu-Turab Al-Jaza'iri. The interview, at an Al-Qaeda hideout in northern Iraq, was conducted according to Al-Qaeda's stipulations - including no disclosure of the region where it took place and no communications or recording equipment of any kind brought to the site.
During the interview, Al-Jaza'iri acknowledged that Al-Qaeda's position in Iraq was difficult, and that Al-Qaeda had committed mistakes, including indiscriminately murdering civilians, which had caused its popularity to decline sharply. He also termed the most recent terrorist attacks in Algiers 'folly.'

Asked about possible reasons for the decrease in Al-Qaeda's popularity, Al-Jaza'iri said that indiscriminately murdering civilians had been a mistake that had "harmed the organization's reputation."
He stated: "In the Al-Anbar [district], for example, Sunni Iraqis voluntarily enlisted for jihad activity not because [they believed in] it, but because they hated the Americans and [wished] to take revenge on them and on the betrayers of Islam. Some were motivated by financial considerations, and got carried away with murdering and executing futile attacks, which killed a lot of unfortunate individuals.
"Neither can I ignore the U.S. and Iraqi intelligence apparatuses, or the media, which caters [to the Americans] and which has accused us of carrying out attacks in which we had no part - such as the attack at the Al-Habbaniyah mosque west of Al-Faluja, or the [attacks] in Al-Faluja and Al-Ramadi, where lethal chlorine gas was used. The killing of the Crusaders and of the tribal leaders who collaborated with the betrayers of Islam should have been carried out more intelligently."

Addressing Iraq's Sunnis, Al-Jaza'iri said: "The next few months will prove decisive, and by Allah! We have prepared for this - we have humiliated the Crusaders, and have made their blood flow in the streets... And what is to come will be even worse and more bitter. Therefore, I say to those who claim that we have failed, or are paralyzed...: You will receive our answer in the next few weeks..."

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