War On Terror: The Apostle Of Hate

By turning Iraq into a jihadist proving ground, al-Zarqawi eclipsed Osama bin Laden and stoked a war within Islam. Why his ideas will haunt the world long after he's gone

Abu Mousab Al-Zarqawi didn't have to be in a room to silence it. Dozens of times in the past three years, I have sat with insurgent leaders, listening to their bombastic pronouncements and boastful tales of "victorious battles" against U.S. forces, complete with verbal sound effects of gunfire and explosions. On such occasions, there was only one sure way to quiet them down: ask about al-Zarqawi. Suddenly, they would begin talking in hushed tones, almost whispers--as if saying his name out loud might conjure him like a malevolent spirit.

Many of those men had worked with al-Zarqawi, plotted with him, fought...

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