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What Would al-Qaeda Do?

By Matthew Yglesias on October 3, 2006 at 10:20 pm

"What Would al-Qaeda Do?"

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Via Blake Hounshell, al-Qaeda leaders say they want the occupation of Iraq to continue as long as possible:

The most important thing is that you continue in your jihad in Iraq, and that you be patient and forbearing, even in weakness, and even with fewer operations; even if each day had half of the number of current daily operations, that is not a problem, or even less than that. So, do not be hasty. The most important thing is that the jihad continues with steadfastness and firm rooting, and that it grows in terms of supporters, strength, clarity of justification, and visible proof each day. Indeed, prolonging the war is in our interest, with God’s permission.

An important point that, naturally enough, I have no doubt the press will overwhelmingly ignore.

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