April 26, 2008

Awakening from "Al-Qaeda"

I’m torn here between two options. One is going out for a long walk in this warm afternoon and the other, sitting in this cluttered apartment, writing yet another post.

I weighed these two options in my head for some time, then this nagging voice said “if you don’t write it now, you will lose some vital information that needs to get out there. You owe it to Her to record and detail everything you’ve been made aware of...”

I dislike when this inner voice nags me that way. After all, I am tired of being “responsible” with a task I have not really chosen. At least, not on a conscious level. But being the dutiful daughter that I am and keeping my strong streak of rebelliousness under check, here I am sitting typing again...

I therefore ask you to read this post very carefully and make sure you note what’s written between the lines...

I want to share with you the story of one man who woke up from the Al-Qaeda trance.

This story is based on an interview conducted by Al-Arabiya TV. And this man’s name is “Mullah”, Nadhem Al-Jibbouri, from the God forsaken village “Al Dhulueiya” in the Salahedin province.

Nadhem Al-Jibbouri, an imam or a mullah? around 30 years old, was Al-Qaeda spokesperson under Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. He was responsible for issuing Fatwas and responsible for the AQ's “PR” and Information bureau in the Salahedin province.

From a white turbaned man in a Dishdasha, (traditional robe), Nadhem Al-Jibbouri is today a man dressed in a suit with tons of gel on his hair, sitting in front of the Al-Arabiya camera. His new post, as the Awakening man in the Salahedin province earned him that new look.

Why did Nadhem have a change of heart ?

For starters Nadhem Al-Jibbouri was detained by the Americans back in 2004 for six months. After a series of “negotiations” between the elders of his tribe and the US forces, he was released. After all, they argued, he is nothing but an innocent Imam in a Mosque who has been illegally detained. And they are right, as many innocent Iraqis have been detained just because they are affiliated to some mosque.

After his release, Nadhem Al-Jibbouri joined Al-Qaeda, which was then under the leadership of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

Nadhem gives a good insight into who and what Al-Qaeda is, in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda leadership in Iraq, at least in the Salahedin province is made exclusively of “foreigners” for the most part "Arabs" coming from Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The bulk of the AQ fighters are Iraqis who’ve had previous training in arms (according to him).

The way AQ operates is quite simple. Each village is considered a Wilayat and has its own Emir(prince) and these Emirs report to the higher up leader of the province which can be considered as the Grand Prince, Emir of the emirs. Each village becomes a mini Islamic state AQ style.

The names of these foreign leaders for the most part dead, are ; Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi(Jordan), Abu Obeida Al-Maghrebi (Morocco), Bandar Al-Obeidi(Saudi), Abdel Kareem Al-Masri (Egyptian) amongst others.

According to Nadhem Al–Jibbouri, today there are only 2000 AQ members (both leaders and fighters) in the whole of the Salahedin province, having been squeezed out from major areas by both the Sahwa (Awakening) and the US forces.

They are now mainly concentrated in Diyala whilst before they controlled 70% of all Sunni areas. He adds that AQ is on its way to dissolution, having withdrawn from some major Sunni areas. And he notes that the ones who have been trained as suicide bombers have been given away to other armed "militias" and he would not say whom.

I believe he meant the sectarian Shiite militias. The reason I believe this is because Nadhem Al-Jibbouri, textually said that the Awakenings had good relations with the Iraqi Resistance of the Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) and with the Reform and Jihad group. In other words the Awakenings are not anti-Resistance and he adds as long as these “people don’t spill innocent Iraqi blood, whatever their sects or religion."

He added that Abu Salman al-Oteibi another AQ Emir from the Salahedin province, has now extended his operations to Kirkuk and Mosul.

According to Nadhem Al-Jibbouri, the people of Mosul see AQ as more merciful than the Peshmergas- the Kurdish militias. You need to make a note of that in your head, for when the coming Mosul battle goes full fledge, as promised by PM Al-Maliki yesterday, who said it's going to happen in the coming days.

So back to the question, why did Nadhem Al-Jibbouri have a change of heart ?

According to him, this took place when he realized that AQ killed more Iraqis in general and Sunnis in particular, than Americans.

He gives the number of 30’000 Sunnis in the Salahedin province alone, and 30’000 Sunnis in prisons , some in US prisons and some in AQ run prisons.

He adds that the brutality, violence and oppression that the Sunni population experienced under AQ raised many interrogation marks in his head.

Torture, beheadings, sieges of villages...where AQ would not allow food, water and electricity... Anyone wanting to seek a job in the Iraqi Police, was executed, (seems that the only jobs available for Iraqis today is to join the Iraqi police), the massacring of people in mosques and he gives an example of the local mosque in Dhulueiyah, called Al-Imran mosque where 1’000 men in prayer were attacked by the AQ in broad daylight.

He gives another example again from his village (who has 180 people with higher educational degrees and he kept repeating that number-- you must admit it’s not bad for a small forsaken village -–these people must be thankful to the previous government who extended education to the most remote places! Just have a look at the state of the Universities in today’s “liberated” Iraq). So in that village, in the space of 5 years the U.S killed 80 men, while the AQ, in the space of 2 months killed 275 men.

But there are more important examples that stick out like a sore thumb.

He said that AQ was deliberately killing ex-army officers who had over 25 years of experience and who were engaged in the Iraq- Iran war. This point was mentioned by Dr.Ibrahim Al Shammari as well, in his interview not long ago. (see here)

I will get to other important examples towards the end of the story. So keep reading...

Back to Nadhem and his love affair with AQ, gone sour.

So when AQ found out that Nadhem had a change of heart and issued a Fatwa against anyone who collaborates with them, they put a 100'000$ prize on his head. They tried killing him, but he escaped the assassination attempt but his brother was hit with gun shots, and his aide killed. This was the turning point in Nadhem’s "ideological outlook". And this is when he decided to join the Awakenings or Al-Sahwa.

But there were conditions that had to be respected...a mediator was needed.

That mediator is a relative by the name of Abdullah Hussein Jebara, who is Deputy Governor of Salahedin. Now, Mr Jebara’s brother who was a tribal Chief, was killed by AQ and the body of the deceased has not been found till this day. Mullah Nadhem called him to give his condolences and wanted to meet his relative.

The Deputy Governor, said he will meet Nadhem on two conditions. One is that he definitely leaves AQ and two that he needs to be sure that Nadhem “has no innocent Iraqi blood on his hands.” Once these two conditions are met, the Deputy Governor will extract guarantees from the US forces not to arrest his relative, Nadhem Al-Jibbouri. Nadhem was given clearance and he became one of the leaders of the Awakening in the Salahedin province.

Both, Mullah Nadhem and Abdallah Hussein Jebara have more to say about AQ. So keep reading...

When asked what methods the AQ used to attract Iraqis to its ranks. Nadhem says that the concept of Jihad is a known concept to most Iraqis and most Iraqis frequent mosques. AQ uses this concept to attract Iraqis with promises, but they are further indoctrinated to the point of becoming “under the influence”.

To illustrate his point he gives the example of Camp Bucca. Camp Bucca is a notorious U.S prison in Iraq. And Nadhem says that he told the Americans on many occasions that they should NOT mix the AQ detainees with other Iraqis in the same camp, because of that “influence”.

He gives an example of a 17 year old boy who was "under the influence" of AQ in the Bucca prison, and who murdered 5 Iraqis detainees in his cell. He says that executions of Iraqis detainees by AQ detainees are common.

He also says that he doesn’t understand why the Americans keep releasing AQ prisoners from the camp, even though the Americans have been told that these prisoners falsify their ID’s and move under these fake ID’s to other areas in Iraq.. Re-read that paragraph and several times, if necessary.

As for the future of AQ in Iraq

- As I mentioned above, he sees the leadership or what is left of it, moving to Kirkuk and Mosul.

- That the already trained suicide bombers, all very young for the most part, have been given away to other “ militias”

- that the leadership is definitely under the control of “neighboring countries”, he would not mention which countries but his relative the Deputy did.

-That Iraq will be witnessing an upsurge of “female suicide bombers” due to the “enormous pressures” exerted on the families of the AQ fighters, wives and daughters, and that this is backfiring.

-That those who support AQ are people who are very far removed from the areas in which AQ is present”.

-That the Iraqi Sunnis will never forgive AQ for what it has done to Iraqis, whatever their sect.

-That many Iraqi fighters withdrew from AQ and he defies AQ to find any support in the Sunni population. That AQ is on its way to dissolution (moving to Mosul perhaps!).

On the Awakenings this is what he had to say:

- The American occupation is a fait accompli. They are physically present in huge numbers, "this is not something we want, but this is the reality."

- The Sahwa has saved the Sunnis from extermination by both the AQ and the Shiite militias. And that it played a very important role in economically developing the Sunnis areas and most importantly in “restoring a balance of forces.” He refrained from saying much on the current regime, but he did say that “ideological differences” are there to reckon with. But for the moment, preserving the Sunnis and Iraqis regardess of their sect, is his most important task.

When asked by the interviewer what Nadhem Al-Jibbouri thought of the latest Zawahiri message to AQ in Iraq this is what he said “Why doesn’t Zawahari target the Shias of Iran, why is he against the Arab Shias of Iraq?.”

The Deputy Governor Abdallah Hussein Jebara had also a few things to say about AQ, which his relative Nadhem Al-Jibbouri didn’t overtly mention.

First he gave his opinion on AQ, saying that it is a terrorist organization and that Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was the biggest terrorist in Iraq. He says that his relative Nadhem, believed Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi up to a point and then realized that AQ was no longer under Al-Zarqawi's control and that he was co-opted by a country. That his relative was only an "information officer" and that his followers who did not have innocent Iraqi blood on their hands were allowed to join the Awakenings. Those who did have blood on their hands were put to trial.

One very, very, interesting point he mentioned is that Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, arrived from Afghanistan via Iran accompanied by 300 foreign fighters. That he stayed in Iran for a while before landing in Iraq. That, when Al-Zarqawi was wounded the first time, he was transported to Iran, for medical treatment.

This Deputy governor unequivocally adds, that he has in his possession many documents proving the links between AQ leaders and Iran.

This is not the first time that this connection is mentioned, other people have said it before, and they are ordinary Iraqis who have nothing to do with politics. I did mention it myself in some of my previous posts.

He also said that Iran not only funds AQ through its embassies in neighboring countries and in Iraq, but also provide training camps for the AQ leaders in Iran. And that such meetings have been recorded and documented.

This exact same statement was made by another Iraqi politician who is a member of parliament by the name of Abdul Aziz Al-Timimi, who also said that Iranian intelligence is very much involved with the AQ’s operations in Iraq and that he too, has proof of it.

Now the reader is getting very confused, I understand. Why would Iran who is Shiite support AQ who is supposedly an all Sunni terror organization ?

And this is what the Deputy Governor replied. He said “I am going to give a political reply not a religious one. Iran wants a theocracy in Iraq, its style of theocracy. For the areas where Shiites are more influential, Iran funded and backed the sectarian Shiite militias” and he gave the example of Basrah. “In areas where Sunnis were most influential, Iran needed to penetrate these areas and it did so with AQ.” It's true that it's much easier for AQ to penetrate "predominantly" Sunni areas than Shiite areas and dominate and oppress its inhabitants.

But the Deputy’s take on the AQ story doesn’t stop there...

He also affirms that AQ is not only funded and infiltrated by Iranian intelligence alone but also by the Mossad. And that these foreign AQ leaders were heavily penetrated by the Mossad intelligence in their countries of origins. (Saudi, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt…)

And it doesn’t stop there either. Some of them, turned out not to be Muslims for starters.

When prompted to give a proof of how this can be so, he gave the example, a rather comical one straight from a black humor series.

One of the foreign AQ Emirs in the Al-Tharthar/ Samarra province wanted to marry the daughter of one of his Iraqi fighters. The marriage took place and two days later the daughter returns to her father wanting a divorce. When asked why, she said that her newly wed husband was not circumcised. So the Emir was “interrogated” (Iraqi style presumably) about this, and he finally admitted that he was not a Muslim.

The Deputy then adds that many of the AQ leaders/emirs captured and interrogated, turned out not to be Muslims. He did not say whether they were all checked for circumcision or not!

He used this example to illustrate the penetration of foreign intelligence in AQ.

And the story continues...

And as I have already reported the exact same in my previous post a year ago, the Deputy Governor, confirms that -- in the Babel province, several hundreds of Jews have been buying land there. Remember Babel is considered a holy land by the Zionists. They incite land owners with heavy cash, but they don’t buy the land directly themselves, they give proxies to “individuals” who undertake the transaction on their behalf. He added that they (the Jews) had a "long term plan"

It seems that the “Iraqi” government is aware of these land acquisitions. The deputy governor refused to comment if AQ was also involved in that...

I guess I’ve said enough so far. I will withhold my own conclusions from the reader and strongly encourage you to come to your own. Will maybe share mine in an update or in the comment section, or maybe not at all, as they probably are evident already...

But whatever conclusions you come to, and whatever your political leanings and beliefs are, you must admit one thing, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A DIRTIER WAR OF OCCUPATION THAN THIS ONE. It will go down in History as the filthiest known to humankind.

And who can we thank but the Zionist Americans and their Muta’a concubines.

Painting: Iraqi artist, Saad Al-Mussawi.