AP reports that al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Hamza al-Muhajir (aka Abu Ayyub al-Masri) has produced an audiotape in which he says that 4,000 foreign insurgents have been killed in Iraq. According to the AP, the Arabic word al-Masri used indicated he was speaking about foreigners who joined the insurgency in Iraq, not coalition troops.
Al-Masri also offered “amnesty” to Iraqis who have cooperated with coalition forces. Such cooperation has been instrumental in making life so difficult for al-Qaeda in Iraq, where polls show it to be massively unpopular.
Finally, al-Masri urged explosive experts and nuclear scientists to assist al-Qaeda. Noting that al-Qaeda is in “dire need” of these services, he suggested that U.S. bases would make a fine subject for their “experimentation.” Clearly, al-Qaeda needs some sort of “big bang” to create more pressure to induce an exit by the U.S. Left-wing Dems aren’t getting it done.
The National Intelligence Estimate concluded that to the extent terrorist insurgents leave Iraq carrying the taint of defeat, it will slow the momentum of the jihad movement. If AP’s report is reliable, there’s good reason to believe that 4,000 such terrorist insurgents have left the Iraqi theatre with extreme taint.