The Harsh Realities of Iraq

Harry Reid may believe that we’ve lost the Iraq war, but the people we’re fighting don’t seem to have noticed. NEFA has a translation of an public communique by the Iraqi Jihad Union, a Sunni insurgent group that as recently as a couple of months ago was allied with al Qaeda in Iraq in Diyala province. But no longer. As it has throughout Iraq, al Qaeda has alienated this erstwhile ally through its indiscriminate violence. The communique says:

Several individuals from the ISI [al Qaeda’s “Islamic State of Iraq”] are responsible for killing commanders and fighters from our brigades in the Diyala province….They have killed them and mutilated their bodies. To make things worse, they dug up their bodies from the graves, further mutilated them, beheaded them, and showed them off from their vehicles while driving through the towns. [The ISI] even killed our men’s wives and children.

It is getting harder and harder for al Qaeda to obscure the fact that its ranks consist largely of homicidal psychopaths This tends to dampen popular support.
It’s also noteworthy that the Iraqi Jihad Union remains committed to insurgency and jihad, but its leaders don’t think their struggle is going well. Their communique says:

Despite the current harsh realities of the jihad in Iraq–where the hypocrites and traitors to our path have joined in the Crusader offensive–there are nonetheless still people out there who continue operating in the battlefield while, knowingly or unknowingly, ignoring this crisis.

And again:

What is happening out in the field is indeed a disaster….

So the jihadists are facing “harsh realities” including the defection of large numbers of their countrymen who are joining in the current “offensive,” with the result that the insurgency is in a state of “crisis” and “disaster.” Quick, someone tell the Democrats!
Via the Counterterrorism Blog.
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