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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Iraq: A Found Al Qaida Leader's Diary Reveals MAJOR Organization's Decline

Iraq:
A Found Al Qaida Leader's Diary
Reveals MAJOR Organization's Decline
Sunday, February 10, 2008
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The Soldiers [of 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team] found the diary during a patrol conducted about 15 kilometers south of Balad. [U.S. Air Force Col. Donald J. Bacon, a Multi-National Force - Iraq spokesman, told online journalists and “bloggers” during a conference call] the 16-page diary contains records about man power, operations, weapons, and finances, and it shows that al Qaida is hurting badly in the belts of Baghdad.
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“There were 600 al-Qaida members in this sector, now there (are) 20 or less,” said Bacon.

In the diary, Tariq describes each battalion’s number decline and goes on to describe the 4th battalion as “scoundrels, sectarians and nonbelievers.” Tariq attributes his terrorist organization’s decline in large part to groups of Concerned Local Citizens (CLC), who are also known as the ‘Sons of Iraq’.

Many high-ranking al Qaida members, including Osama Bin Laden, have spoken out about the negative impact that the CLC groups have had on their organization. As a result, the CLC are being attacked more frequently by the terrorists, Bacon said.

Nevertheless, Bacon said the numbers of CLC are growing, which indicates that they are less afraid of al-Qaida.

“Right now there (are) approximately 77,500 CLC with 135 different initiatives, and more and more are being hired,” Bacon said.

Bacon said he believes the diary is also in part a will of sorts, in case anything was to happen to Tariq.

“He wanted to keep a clear record,” Bacon said.

Bacon said he believes the diary is indicative of some other areas in Iraq but not all of Iraq. He cautioned that al Qaida is still a dangerous enemy.
“We still believe they are our number one threat,” said Bacon.

“There is a 90 percent decline of violence in Anbar but we are still fighting them in Diala,” he added. “They still have the capacity and the will but we have the momentum.”

Bacon noted, however, that “overall levels of violence in Iraq are down, and we are seeing positive trends.”
(Story by Navy Seaman William Selby, Special to American Forces Press Service)
Copy of the original Diary HERE
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* Amy, over at Bottom Line Up Front, has a good post on topic that you might wish to click out. It goes in part like this...
...al-Qaeda is losing membership in Iraq as an exodus of willing martyrs switches sides to the Iraqi Awakening. Al-Qaeda has money problems, recruitment and retention problems (unlike the all volunteer COALITION FORCE!), and is unable to regain its losses... This according to a diary found belonging to Abu-Tariq, an al-Qaeda leader in Iraq...
Read Amy’s post in full, (with translated transcript) HERE
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About Photo: Sunday, February 10, 2008 - U.S. troops found a diary belonging to an al Qaida in Iraq leader that has Coalition forces believing the terrorist organization is “on its heels,” a senior military official in Baghdad said yesterday.

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