Soldiers Find Insurgent Record Of Disasters
There was a vital link in the information regarding the current disaster that is Al Qaeda in Iraq that was found recently. A diary that is believed to have belonged to a senior Al Qaeda member has caused quite a little stir among intelligence sources. Troops on patrol in Iraq found the diary, and turned it over to senior officials with the 101st Airborne.
The diary was found on November 3rd, 2007, several months ago, but its existence and confirmation of its authenticity was just recently revealed. It shows that Al Qaeda is very much aware of their current failures and lack of successes resulting from the current surge.
The diary apparently belonged to Abu Tariq, who is an Al Qaeda emir that controls the equivalent of about five battalion that can be found scattered over two or three sectors. Colonel Donald J. Bacon, a U.S. Air Force Officer attached to Multi National Force, Iraq, spoke regarding the diary to reporters in a conference call recently.
The diary itself was found south of Balad about fifteen kilometers. It reveals that specifically near Baghdad that Al Qaeda is hurting quite badly, and on its heels in the face of the Coalition surge of troops. It reveals that Al Qaeda is suffering shortages of supplies, weapons, and finances, and that they are badly affected by the influx of troops accompanying the Coalition surge.
“The diary talks about how there was previously 600 Al Qaeda members in this area, now there are less than 20 members,” said Colonel Bacon. “It says that the Coalition Forces are sectarian, non-believer scoundrels,” laughed Bacon.
Colonel Bacon said that in the diary Al Qaeda gave credit for their difficulty and losses to the help and assistance given the Coalition by Iraqi Citizens, and Concerned Local Citizen Groups. Several different sources of information have noted how effective the CLC groups are in assisting the fight against the Terrorist insurgency.