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Old 14-06-2012, 01:20 AM   #371
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Lightbulb Shahada

The stated goals of JTJ were to force a withdrawal of U.S-led forces from Iraq, to topple the Iraqi interim government, to assassinate collaborators with the occupation, to marginalize the Shia population and defeat its militias, and to subsequently establish a pure Islamic state.

Abbasid flag...

The JTJ in their beheading videos displayed a jihadist black flag with a white or yellow circle below the shahada.

The flags attested in videos in 2004 have the text Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad surrounding the circle. The circle does not occur on its own. Also, this design including the circle is limited to the years 2003 and 2004. We have no evidence that it has been used either before or after that period, or outside of the Iraqi insurgence of that time.

Zarqawi's militants have been also known to use a wide variety of other tactics, including targeted kidnappings, the planting of improvised explosive devices, and mortar attacks; beginning in late June 2004, the JTJ implemented urban guerilla-style attacks using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. They also gained a worldwide notoriety for beheading Iraqi and foreign hostages and distributing video recordings of these acts on the Internet.

Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden's organisation would turn its attention to the west.

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