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May 3, 2005

Iraqi Minutemen Kidnapping Women/Children, Forcing Husbands/Fathers to Carry Our Suicide Bombings

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Although this is yesterday's news, I think it is interesting enough to post on it and point out a couple of possible implications(see below).

Zarqawi seems to be having a suicide bomber recruiting problem, and has adapted a twisted recruitment method to address it!

American Forces Press Service:

Task Force Baghdad soldiers this morning rescued a man apparently blackmailed into a suicide-bombing mission by terrorist master Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The man exploded his red Kia sedan roughly 15 feet from a barrier to a coalition base in east Baghdad, Iraq. The car bomb failed to detonate properly and the vehicle caught on fire. Soldiers manning the gate reacted quickly and saved the driver, coalition officials said in a release.

An initial investigation revealed that terrorists had kidnapped the driver's family and that he was forced to carry out this suicide-bombing mission to protect his wife and children, coalition officials said.

No soldiers were injured in the attack. The driver is being treated at a military hospital and is cooperating with authorities.

"This is another case where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has to extort men to carry out his indiscriminate slaughtering," said Army Col. Joe DiSalvo, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. "He can't recruit volunteers. (So) he is resorting to forcing Iraqi civilians to carry out these mission by threatening harm to kidnapped family members."

Rusty at Jawa Report comments, "So, let me get this straight. Zarqawi is now capturing women and children, and then telling the fathers that if they don't blow themselves and a few infidels up then he's going to chop their heads off? Interesting recruiting tactic."

On the slightly more serious side there are a couple of implications that can be drawn from the news event. One must wonder if the Coalition is finely having some success at shutting down the flow of volunteer suicide bombers coming into Iraq through Iran, Jordan, and Syria, many of whom are from Saudi Arabia(and some 20-odd other countries). Clearly, Zarqawi would prefer motivated volunteers that have had some training and are motivated and dedicated volunteers, so if he is now having to recruit suicide bombers by coercion then it appears that not only are we having success at stopping "suicidees" at the border but the coerced suicide bombers, lacking the training and the motivation, may prove to be less successful. The less successful aspect is written perhaps more as a hope and a prayer than from anticipated cause(border success) and effect(fewer jihadists).

Hat tip - Jawa Report and The Dread Pundit Bluto

Posted by Hyscience at May 3, 2005 8:35 AM

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