Monday, April 03, 2006

Zarqawi is Out

According to a BBC story, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is out as the head of the jihad in Iraq. The BBC quotes the son of the late Abdullah Azzam, who actually started Matkab al-khidimat, out of which al-Qaeda eventually morphed, before it transformed again into a global ideology. Anyway, the two Zarqawi and Azzam (the younger) have been on the outs for a while, or at least they have been in my mind - which is the perfect place for two jihadis to have a real knock-down-drag-out tussle.

Although the article doesn't mention it, Abdullah Azzam was assassinated in Pakistan in questionable circumstances - are there ever any other kind in an assassination - and for a while many suspected bin Laden.

In my opinion, these titles and who is in "charge" matters more to governments and intelligence agencies that are attempting to put these groups into some sort of structure that can be more easily dissected and analyzed.


At 10:38 AM, Blogger cairobrian said...

They have been on the outs for a while- although I don't think they were ever really on the "ins" (To those who say that isn't an actual phrase, I respond thusly: go to hell). Azzam the Younger has been more moderate and despised the idea of a civil war or Sunni/Shi'a fighting.

But it is also my understanding that Azzam has very little sway inside Iraq. He has a name, but Azzam the Father's name has been eclipsed many times over.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger al-Zabaniya said...

Yeah, that is pretty much my take on it as well, although I seem to remember reading something about him fairly recently. I think it was the new book by Atwan, the editor of al-Quds al-Arabi, that has yet to come out in the US.


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