Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Masri AQ leader entered Iraq before 2003

"The Egyptian commander of Al-Qaeda forces in Iraq who was killed in a US-backed raid this month arrived in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein's rule, a press report on Wednesday quoted his widow as saying."


Dolly said...

Do you remember when I told you that your posts were custom-designed to blow smoke up the Arschwitz of American morons?

And what makes a banjo-owner happier than reading about how Sarah Palin was right from day 1 that Saddam equals Al-Qa3eda.

Good job monkeyboy. Now tell us: out of the 100,000 people that your owners have killed in Iraq, how many of them would you say were AQ

Joel Wing said...

This should be no surprise. Zarqawi traveled to Iraq in 2002 as well once he saw that the U.S. was going to invade. He set up a network within the country to prepare for the coming war. Other would be terrorists probably saw the writing on the wall as well and went to Iraq too.

Don Cox said...

"Other would be terrorists probably saw the writing on the wall as well and went to Iraq too."

Certainly. But not with any encouragement from Saddam, who was well aware that these types were a danger to him.

Iraqi Mojo said...

Don, how do you know that Saddam and his goons did not encourage the terrorist 3arab jarab to enter Iraq?

Iraqi Mojo said...

From the excellent 2006 book "The Shia Revival":

"It was during the decade of sanctions, as central power weakened, that the fundamentalism and Salafism associated with the insurgency grew roots in Iraq. The works of the Iraqi exile thinker Muhammad Ahmad al-Rashid on jihad and the Islamic state, which were smuggled from Egypt, gained a following, but more important, the tentacles of fundamentalist and Salafist trends popular elsewhere in the region began to penetrate the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood, with its strong presence in Jordan and Syria and affiliation with the Wahhabi establishment in Saudi Arabia, established itself in the Sunni regions of western Iraq that border on Jordan and Syria, and is today entrenched in the Iraqi Islamic Party. Firebrand preachers such as the Egyptian Hamid Kashk and the Syrian Mahmoud Qoul Aghassi (also known as Abu Qaqaa) were popular with Iraqi Sunnis even before the war, and copies of their sermons became ubiquitous in Sunni towns afterward. Throughout the decade of anti-Saddam sanctions, Jordanian mosques remained concerned with the plight of ordinary Iraqis and raised funds that were disbursed through mosque networks in Iraq. Also active in Iraq were Islamic activists such as Laith Shubailath of Jordan and extremist Salafist activists – some with close ties to al-Qaeda – such as Muhammad al-Maqdisi, who is a friend and by some accounts one of Zarqawi's mentors. Before the war toppled the Saddam regime, extremists from everywhere would come to the Jordanian-Iraqi border towns to buy weapons smuggled out of Iraq. Trade in weapons created ties that straddled boundaries and gave extremists contacts and allies inside Iraq, and in turn made it possible for the growing insurgency in that country to spread across the region.

Extremist activists had an incentive to move into Iraq. They were losing ground to the more moderate main body of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and were often hounded by Jordanian or Syrian security forces. Their activism over the decade leading to the Iraq war not only introduced fundamentalist thinking in al-Anbar but also created organizational links that would facilitate the insurgency after the war. In fact, Zarqawi's emergence as a force so soon after the war reveals the extent of involvement of Jordanian Salafis in Iraq. Extremist ties between Jordan and Iraq ran in both directions. The flight of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi exiles and refugees to Jordan and Syria has only expanded the opportunity for building extremist networks that cut across national boundaries. The extremism that was exported to Iraq before and during the war, strengthened and radicalized, spread back into Jordan. The same ties also made developments in Iraq directly relevant to Islamic activism in Syria and Saudi Arabia."

–Vali Nasr, The Shia Revival

Don Cox said...

"Don, how do you know that Saddam and his goons did not encourage the terrorist 3arab jarab to enter Iraq?"

I have never seen any evidence that they did, and it makes no sense that they would. No doubt documents will emerge eventually, but my impression is that the jihadis wanted Saddam's support but did not get it.

Why would he risk inviting such dangerous competitors into Iraq?

Don Cox said...

That quote from the book matches my impressions.

Aton said...

"Never explain, because your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.” -African Proverb