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#1 13 years ago

US 'intercepts al-Qaeda letter'

An intercepted letter from al-Qaeda's number two to its leader in Iraq warns insurgents' tactics may alienate the wider Muslim population, the US says.

The letter appeared to be from Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

He did not show the letter or say how or where it was obtained, but said it was considered authentic and recent.

The missive warned that the network faced defeat in Afghanistan, he said.

"Zawahiri says that they've lost many of their key leaders... and that their lines of communication and funding have been severely disrupted," Mr Whitman told reporters on Thursday.

'Must include masses'

The letter, said to be written in Arabic, was made public after the government learned of leaks to the media, US media quote officials as saying.

In the missive, Zawahiri apparently warns tactics such as the killing of hostages and bombings of mosques may alienate the "Muslim masses," Mr Whitman said.

"In this letter, he talks about believing that the eventual governance of Iraq must include the Muslim masses, and that they are at risk of alienating those," he told reporters.

The letter was also said to detail the strategy of Muslim extremists to create an Islamic state centred on Iraq that could expand into neighbouring countries.

Zawahiri included a plea for financial support, Reuters news agency quoted Mr Whitman as saying.

The New York Times quoted a senior official as saying that the 6,000-word letter was dated early in July, and was obtained by US forces involved in counterterrorism operations in Iraq.

In January 2004, the US authorities said they had intercepted a letter which confirmed that Zarqawi was working with al-Qaeda to drive the US out of Iraq. The authenticity of the letter was never confirmed beyond doubt.

Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility for a series of killings, hostage beheadings and major suicide bombings in Iraq.

Zawahiri was number two - behind only Bin Laden - in the 22 Most Wanted Terrorists List announced by the US government in 2001. He has a $25m bounty on his head.

He was reportedly last seen in the eastern Afghan town of Khost in October 2001, and went into hiding after the US-led attack overthrew the Taleban.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4318478.stm

"Zawahiri says that they've lost many of their key leaders... and that their lines of communication and funding have been severely disrupted," Mr Whitman told reporters on Thursday.

hmm...nice. :D




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#2 13 years ago

First off, damn it! I was going to post this thread. :cry:

Second, good job to American intellegence workers on this one.




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#3 13 years ago

That's damn good news.I'm glad to hear that they're getting more and more pinned down.




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#4 13 years ago

very good news...also, its good to see that our intelligence is doing something...or maybe the see part is the only reason; could be that leak was the only way we would ever learn of it. Maybe they have more intelligence, but revealing it would reveal that they were aquiring it and may mess all the efforts up...




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#5 13 years ago

Found the letter in Iraq but every one says that Iraq has nothing to do with al-Qaeda..... Stupid anti war people.... But yeah very good news. Nice to know they lost a lot of leaders and need money.




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#6 13 years ago

No, dear Agentlaidlaw, the fact that Al Qaeda is involved there now does not mean they were involved before the invasion. Nonetheless, good news.




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#7 13 years ago
HuffardoNo, dear Agentlaidlaw, the fact that Al Qaeda is involved there now does not mean they were involved before the invasion. Nonetheless, good news.

Exactly, stupid pro-war bitches. ;)

Anyways, this is great news. Hopefully the violence will decrease in Iraq and become a stable nation. However, that's pending if the Kurds, Sunnis, and Shittes ever get along.




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#8 13 years ago
HuffardoNo, dear Agentlaidlaw, the fact that Al Qaeda is involved there now does not mean they were involved before the invasion. Nonetheless, good news.

Exactly, stupid pro-war bitches.

Anyways, this is great news. Hopefully the violence will decrease in Iraq and become a stable nation. However, that's pending if the Kurds, Sunnis, and Shittes ever get along.




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#9 13 years ago

In the missive, Zawahiri apparently warns tactics such as the killing of hostages and bombings of mosques may alienate the "Muslim masses," Mr Whitman said.

"In this letter, he talks about believing that the eventual governance of Iraq must include the Muslim masses, and that they are at risk of alienating those," he told reporters.

The letter was also said to detail the strategy of Muslim extremists to create an Islamic state centred on Iraq that could expand into neighbouring countries.

Sounds like the radical terrorists plan to turn into radical politicians. Interesting.




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#10 13 years ago

Don't get your hopes up guys, just because a letter, found somewhere says there crumbling, doesn't mean they are. Maybe it's just another conspiracy to get attention or to try and stop the scare. I hope it is true, and that terrorism is going to end (in part of them anyhow), but you should always be prepared for the worst!