Friday, May 05, 2006

Zarqawi's video: what we haven't seen!

Al-Zarqawi is not a capable military leader.

The showing yesterday of the "outtakes"* of the latest Al-Zarqawi's video prompted surprise and laughter among the Coalition Forces.

In one, Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, has trouble trying to operate an automatic weapon. An associate has to show him how to do it. Later in the same shot, an associate takes the weapon from Zarqawi by the barrel and burns his hand. In another, the feared terrorist is shown in a black uniform and bright blue "tenny pumps."

Coalition troops found the tape during a raid on a hideout for foreign fighters.
"He is far from being a capable military leader,"
coalition spokesman Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said during a news conference today.

A soldier from the U.S. Army's 988th Military Police Company trains an Iraqi police officer on how to properly hold a weapon.

Lynch said the coalition has made good progress against foiling suicide bombings, the most deadly attacks in Iraq.
"The suicide attacks are where the innocent men, women and children of Iraq are being killed or severely wounded,"
the general said.

About 90 percent of those launching suicide attacks are foreigners recruited and outfitted by Zarqawi.
"We have planned and launched operations over the past couple of weeks to deny him that capability,"
Lynch said.

A year ago, Lynch said, there were on average 75 suicide attacks per month. Today there are less than 25 per month.

Lynch said coalition officials have targeted suicide bombers.
"Since April 8, coalition forces have killed 31 foreign fighters,"
he said. "These are people that Zarqawi brought into Iraq to be suicide bombers who were killed before they could launch their attacks."

Suicide bombers most often come from Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Jordan. Most come into Iraq over the Syrian border. Lynch said that once captured, suicide attackers have often given coalition officials "actionable intelligence."


*outtake= a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Un video prodotto dalla "Hollywood Stars" di Las Vegas... :-)


1:04 PM  
Blogger The Doc said...

Abdul, ho dato io la notizia prima de La Repubblica!

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Wasn't that funny. What a hoot. I'm sure glad our guys found that un-edited version. It makes Zarqawi look foolish and also his buddies.

5:42 PM  

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