May 03, 2005

Esprit de Corpse


From FoxNews: U.S.: Possible letter to al-Zarqawi cites low morale.

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has seized a letter from Iraqi insurgents believed to be intended for Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi complaining about low morale among followers and weakening support for the insurgency.

UPDATE I -- May 4: The Islamofascists strike again against a free Iraq. CNN reports today: Suicide bomber kills at least 47 in Iraq.

A suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked a crowd of recruits seeking jobs with the Kurdish police force in Erbil, killing at least 47 people and wounding about 100 others, officials said. ...

Army of Ansar al-Sunna -- which has acknowledged past attacks -- claimed responsibility for the Erbil bombing on its Web site.

"This is also an answer to the infidels ... who gave their loyalty to the crusaders and have raised their thorn against the Muslims when they fought alongside the Americans against our people in Falluja, Mosul, Baghdad and other Muslim lands," the statement said. "We promise you that we are preparing more for you. Expect more sooner or later."

CNN also reports: Pakistan seizes 'al Qaeda No. 3'.

The alleged number three man in al Qaeda -- believed responsible for the terror group's global operations -- has been captured in Pakistan's frontier province with Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials have confirmed.

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday immediately hailed the arrest of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, and that of 10 other suspected al Qaeda members, as a "critical victory in the war on terror."

UPDATE II: Captain's Quarters and Citizen Smash have more on the morale letter. (Via Brutally Honest)

UPDATE III: Charles Johnson has a photo of a victim of another recent insurgency attack: There Are No Words. UPDATE: Photographer Michael Yon has more information about his photo: Little Girl.

UPDATE IV: Strategy Page reviews the toll of Islamic terrorism: Moslems Killing Moslems Is Not a Winning Tactic. (Via InstaPundit)

Iraq remained the center of the war on terror, with most of the attacks being directed at Iraqis. This turned the population, including many Sunni Arabs, against the terrorists. While there were still plenty of volunteers for suicide bombings, and plenty of cash and explosives handy to pay for it, the al Qaeda campaign in Iraq had become a losing proposition. Even outside of Iraq, many Sunni Arabs were getting disenchanted with al Qaeda terrorism. In a war of symbols, blowing up Moslem women and children is not a winning tactic.

UPDATE V -- May 5: Arthur Chrenkoff has a before-and-after photo essay that may explain law morale: The disadvantages of pissing off America. (Via InstaPundit)

Posted by Forkum at May 3, 2005 07:26 PM