Abu al-Zarqawi

Letter from an Islamic Terrorist

The letter was addressed to "The Men On The Mountaintops" and was laced with murderous fury. Found on the person of an al-Qaeda operative arrested in northern Iraq early this year, it pleaded for jihadists around the world to join in an effort to start a civil war in Iraq. With the handover of sovereignty to Iraqis approaching, the writer argued, "the only way to prolong the duration of the fight" was to foment conflict between the country's Sunni and Shi'ite populations and "bring the Shi'a into the battle." Though the letter was undated and unsigned, U.S. intelligence officials detected in...

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