Friday, November 19, 2004

Another stunning insurgent victory

al-Zarqawi's thugs are at it again.

DUBAI (Reuters) - The group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it beheaded two Iraqi soldiers in broad daylight in Mosul, a statement found on an Islamist Web site on Friday said.
Uh. You know this tactic of going after the police does not seem like a winning strategy to me. It seems to attract more police recruits every time. Well they seem to have learned their strategy and tactics from Saddam.
"Just when the enemies of God thought they would crush us with their tyrannical military campaign in Falluja...the al Qaeda organization in Iraq slaughtered two 'National Guards' on Thursday afternoon," the statement said, adding the men killed were at the rank of major and lieutenant.

U.S. and Iraqi troops this month launched a campaign to crush insurgents, including Zarqawi's group, in the rebel town of Falluja west of Baghdad.

The U.S. military says it has taken control of the city, but the offensive has fueled violence across Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, especially in Mosul in the north.

Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility for hostage beheadings and some of Iraq's bloodiest suicide attacks.
Ah. A charm offensive. To attract the people of Iraq to the One True God™ or else.

The tactic does not seem to work so well with Americans hovering in the background.

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