Friday, January 13, 2006

Whats up with Zarqawi?

It is no secret that al Qaida and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has worn out its welcome in Iraq. As the US and Iraqi governments move to split the mostly Sunni insurgency from the Islamists, al Qaida has even fewer leg-breakers on the ground. The al-Qaida operation that resulted in the bombing of a wedding party in the Jordan has further separated them from the target constituency.

There is yet more evidence that Zarqawi is being rejected by his "constituents".

Sources close to the guerrilla groups in Iraq told the pan-Arab, Saudi-backed London daily, al-Hayat that new disputes have exploded between it and the organization "al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia" led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, after he carried out last Thursday's bombings in Karbala and Ramadi. Dozens of Shiite and Sunni civilians were killed. The Iraqi guerrilla groups told al-Hayat that they would not unite with the Zarqawi group, as a result.

And in return, he's lashing out at those whom he feels is responsible for his isolation.

The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, denounced Arab countries working for political reconciliation in Iraq as United States agents, according to an audio tape posted on the internet.

"The countries that met in Cairo ... were involved in destroying Iraq and co-operated with America by opening their land, air space and waters, and offering intelligence to it," said the speaker on the tape, believed to be Zarqawi.

He was referring to an Arab League conference in November that tried to reconcile Iraqi political factions.

And criticizing those who won't accept him as their master.

An Internet statement in the name of the al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist group rebuked Sunnis for participating in last month's Iraqi elections, saying they had "thrown a rope" to save U.S. policy in the country...

He also called President Bush a liar, saying: "All that you hear from the liar of the White House is that the situation in Iraq is getting better."

Iraq the Model reports

The Islamic Party didn’t need much time to voice their rejection for Zarqawi’s message and his ideology that recognizes only violence as a way to reach goals.

The 2nd man in the Islamic Party Ayad al-Samarra’i stressed that the Party has no intention to abandon the political process.

Salih al-Mutlaq is another Sunni politician who apparently feels that Zarqawi was addressing him as well. Al-Mutlaq has also condemned violence again today and stressed that “ending violence is the key to stability in Iraq”.

What matters most about such immediate firm reactions to Zarqawi’s call is that they show that the gap between foreign terrorists like Zarqawi and Sunni Arabs in Iraq is growing wider by the day and perhaps the Sunni politicians’ decision to join Allawi and let him lead their alliance will contribute to pushing them to a more reasonable, moderate attitude rather than the relatively extreme attitude they adopted for a long time.

Well, I have to say that things aren't looking so good for Zarqawi in Iraq which means that things must be getting better.

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