Thursday, May 04, 2006

Zarqawi's Keystone Jihadis

US Special Forces in Iraq have captured cutting room floor video that al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would have preferred didn't get out. Portions of the videotape released show Zarqawi handing weapons clumsily and his associates burning themselves on hot automatic weapons barrels.

From CNN:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is seen as a less-than-accomplished gunman on a "complete" version of last week's Web video, according to a U.S. military commander.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch on Thursday showed excerpts of the full video, found in a raid in Yusufiya south of Baghdad, that depict al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, and his aides appearing all-thumbs with firearms.
Not surprising, considering that Zarqawi's most effective tactic is to convince gullible Islamists to sacrifice themselves, rather than putting himself in any avoidable immediate danger.