They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Iraq: Zarqawi sending his boys home - so says Interior Minister

AMMAN/Reuters: Iraq says Zarqawi sending some militants back home

Foreign al Qaeda militants waging a campaign of suicide car bombings in Iraq plan to send some fighters home in preparation for similar operations in their own countries, the Iraqi interior minister said on Sunday.

Interior Minister Bayan Jabor said documents found with Abu Azzam, said to be a lieutenant of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, signalled a plan to send foreign Arab Sunni militants back home to widen the battlefield beyond Iraq.

"We got hold of a very important letter from Abu Azzam to Zarqawi asking him to begin to move a number of Arab fighters to the countries they came from to transfer their experience in car bombings in Iraq," Jabor told Reuters in an interview in Amman.

"So you will see insurgencies in other countries," said Jabor, a member of the Shi'ite Islamist SCIRI party, a key component of the Shi'ite- and Kurdish-led coalition government.

U.S. and Iraqi forces tracked Abu Azzam, an Iraqi, and killed him last week dealing what a U.S. commander called a serious blow to the group responsible for some of the biggest suicide attacks over the past two years.

Hundreds of Islamist fighters had already left Iraq in recent months, Jabor said, though security forces were also braced for a spike in car bomb attacks ahead of October 15's referendum on a post-Saddam Hussein constitution. Read more

db: As previously advised - any pronouncements concerning the one-legged man for-all-atrocities Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are best treated with intense suspicion - and this latest twist to the plot is no exception. As already discussed it's very doubtful that Abu Azzam was ever a 'top lieutenant' of Z [if Z even exists in the form he is usually presented] - lists over thirty lieutenants /deputies /aides /associates /second-in-commands /etc that have previously been captured with similar fanfares. This latest king-pin had a paltry $25k on his head - whilst his boss is worth $25m.

So they 'got hold of a very important letter from Abu Azzam to Zarqawi asking him to begin to move a number of Arab fighters to the countries they came from' did they? Who the hell is going to believe this rubbish? More importantly, what change in strategy on the part of the US/UK does this imply? Of course it's possible that Bayan Jabor was suffering from some kind of illness - and we will never hear this mentioned again - however if this story gets traction it will represent yet another layer of lies and deceit to pick over in search of something tangible.

And if bombs start going off in Saudi with increased regularity you can start thinking of blokes in wigs again......just think.....they may have to call in the US military for protection. Wildly speculative of course, but whatever, this is a story to watch fly, or die.