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Zarqawi's Safe House Document

The search of Zarqawi's safe house has hit pay dirt. Drudge links to the Iraqi National Security Advisor's English translation of a document that appears to be an outline of Zarqawi's strategy to undermine the coalition forces and, ulitmately, democracy in Iraq.

Update: General Caldwell said that although this document was found by Iraqis in Zarqawi's hideout, the same document was also found in prior to Zarqawi's death in another raid.

Additional thoughts: the value of this document is pretty clear. For one thing, Zarqawi wanted to spark a war between Iran and the US:

7. A war between the Americans and Iraq. We have noticed that the best of these wars to be ignited is the one between the Americans and Iran, because it will have many benefits in favor of the Sunni and the resistance, such as:

1. Freeing the Sunni people in Iraq, who are (30 percent) of the population and under the Shi'a Rule.

2. Drowning the Americans in another war that will engage many of their forces.

3. The possibility of acquiring new weapons from the Iranian side, either after the fall of Iran or during the battles.

4. To entice Iran towards helping the resistance because of its need for its help.

5. Weakening the Shi'a supply line.

The question remains, how to draw the Americans into fighting a war against Iran? It is not known whether American is serious in its animosity towards Iraq, because of the big support Iran is offering to America in its war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Hence, it is necessary first to exaggerate the Iranian danger and to convince America and the west in general, of the real danger coming from Iran, and this would be done by the following:

1. By disseminating threatening messages against American interests and the American people and attribute them to a Shi'a Iranian side.

2. By executing operations of kidnapping hostages and implicating the Shi'a Iranian side.

3. By advertising that Iran has chemical and nuclear weapons and is threatening the west with these weapons.

4. By executing exploding operations in the west and accusing Iran by planting Iranian Shi'a fingerprints and evidence.

5. By declaring the existence of a relationship between Iran and terrorist groups (as termed by the Americans).

6. By disseminating bogus messages about confessions showing that Iran is in possession of weapons of mass destruction or that there are attempts by the Iranian intelligence to undertake terrorist operations in America and the west and against western interests.

And Zarqawi recommends manipulating the media in order to get out positive stories about the "the resistance" as he calls it:

Based on the above points, it became necessary that these matters should be treated one by one:

1. To improve the image of the resistance in society, increase the number of supporters who are refusing occupation and show the clash of interest between society and the occupation and its collaborators. To use the media for spreading an effective and creative image of the resistance.

This is again consistent with the terrorists' MO.


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Zarqawi's Safe House Document:

» Hang Right Politics linked with Zarqawi’s Death Reaps Huge Rewards

» Assorted Babble by Suzie linked with Al-Zarqawi’s ‘Mother Lode’ of Information Revealed

» Ninth State linked with Progress or Naivete?

» RightPundit linked with The Fruits of Victory

» UrbanGrounds linked with Wealth of Information from Al-Zarqawi Raid

» Mike's Noise linked with Al-Zarqawi's 'huge treasure '

Comments (17)

Kim, this is an excellent p... (Below threshold)

Kim, this is an excellent post. I've already linked to it at Falcon's Crest and Hang Right Politics.

You do great work here. I always look forward to reading your posts and have made Wizbang! a daily stop before and after work.

I am a little concerned tha... (Below threshold)
PJO, a twin with twins:

I am a little concerned that there is something wrong with this document. It reminds me too much of the bilge I use to kick out for my MBA classes. Where the usual ramblings that start it off and end it? It's a little too succinct.

The part I find interesting... (Below threshold)

The part I find interesting is the one where Zarquawi thinks that Iran is providing major help to the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. More paranoia on his part, or something more significant?

This complicated our need t... (Below threshold)

This complicated our need to take a tough line with Iran.

Another dark dark day for t... (Below threshold)

Another dark dark day for the Democrats (and theit MSM allies).

Democrats must be going from depression to despair.

This shows just how little ... (Below threshold)

This shows just how little Zarqawi understands about the war he was fighting. By this document it is clear he believed, like most Leftists do, that America's military learned nothing from Vietnam.

The elite may not have learned anything from Vietnam, but the military sure did.

How long, exactly, did he anticipate it would take for the US to dismantle Iran? Years? Weeks is nore like it. And he thought that a kidnapping here or there would derail the whole effort?

Puhleez. What a small mind.

L., at least give Zarqawi s... (Below threshold)

L., at least give Zarqawi some benefit of the doubt for his mis-beliefs. After all, if he had been watching CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, etc., he would have thought he was on the right track!

Which got me thinking, perh... (Below threshold)

Which got me thinking, perhaps all the misinformation on the MSM has been incorporated as part of the Bush admin strategy on the GWOT and Iraq front.

You missed footnote 5a(c):<... (Below threshold)

You missed footnote 5a(c):

Find a way to let Karl Rove off the hook,

"There was no way to indepe... (Below threshold)

"There was no way to independently confirm the authenticity of the information attributed to al-Qaida."

From the AP.

"La-la-la-la-la! I can't h... (Below threshold)

"La-la-la-la-la! I can't hear you!"

"These aren't the documents you're looking for...move along."

What will it take to get the Bush-haters to face reality?

"There was no way to independently confirm the authenticity of the information attributed to al-Qaida."

From the AP.

Posted by: jp2

So, that invalidates them, right jp? Because the AP issues a CYA, "qualifier?" Only in moonbat-land, is that interpretation valid.

Is that anything like, "The investigation isn't over. Karl Rove will still be indicted?!"

it's downright EERIE how mu... (Below threshold)

it's downright EERIE how much the "terrorist's MO" sounds like the Democrat Party MO.


Has nothing to do with Rove... (Below threshold)

Has nothing to do with Rove, and everything about Kim's history of writing misleading or factually incorrect stories. I know you would like to look for a larger issue here, but it's really not complicated.

Tell you what, JP2 - how ab... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Tell you what, JP2 - how about you and the AP hack hook up with the Egyptian nut now running AQ in Iraq and see if you can't independently confirm those documents, 'kay?

<a href="http://www.theglob... (Below threshold)

When asked how he could be sure the information was authentic, al-Rubaie said "there is nothing more authentic than finding a thumbdrive in his pocket."

Well, that's about as authe... (Below threshold)

Well, that's about as authentic as you could reasonably ask for, unless he had it on an SD chip that they found in his stomach during the autopsy..


I'll say that Michael LeDee... (Below threshold)

I'll say that Michael LeDeen of NRO questions the document's legitimacy.






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