Monday, April 03, 2006

Zarqawi Replaced? 

Why isn't this story getting much attention?
Terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has sharply lowered his profile in recent months, halting his group's Internet claims as the number of big suicide bombings in Iraq — his infamous signature form of attack — has fallen.

Now, a man with close ties to Iraqi insurgent groups claims al-Zarqawi was shunted aside as political leader of a recently formed coalition of militants because they were angry at his propaganda efforts and embarrassed by his group's deadly attack on hotels in Jordan.

But others caution that the claim is hard to verify — and that perhaps the insurgents are just changing tactics.
If this is true it would be big news, and it might mean the recent letter from Zawahiri to Zarqawi, complaing about Zarqawi's "brutal tactics", could be true. I've assumed it was a forgery. Does Zarqawi get sent to some sort of terror "minor leagues"?

Update 4/5/06 10:56PM: Or, focusing on Israel now?


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