Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Holy War in Iraq Feeling the Squeeze

A new letter purported to be by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been posted on known Islamic militant websites. It is a message to Osama bin Laden, complaining about the potential loss of the holy war in Iraq.

"The space of movement is starting to get smaller," it said. "The grip is starting to be tightened on the holy warriors' necks and, with the spread of soldiers and police, the future is becoming frightening."

Another part of the letter talks of 25 suicide operations targeting Shiites, coalition troops, and Iraqi security forces. The letter also indicates time is running out, with a deadline being seen as the elections in early 2005.

"we will have to leave for another land to uphold the (Islamic) banner, or until God chooses us as martyrs,"

The message also apparently seeks to reassure bin Laden that Iraqi militants are in league with his al-Qaida extremists.


It is likely this is the same letter, which was posted in February.


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