Bin Laden’s Lieutenent to AQI: ‘Dissatisfied With Quality of Recruits’

He also has his turban in a wad over them getting their asses kicked, too.

Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant has conveyed leaders’ dissatisfaction with al Qaeda’s operations in Iraq, according to the U.S. military, which says it has uncovered letters authored by the terror outfit’s No. 2 man.

Ayman al-Zawahiri relayed complaints and advice from al Qaeda leaders, U.S. military officials say.

Ayman al-Zawahiri allegedly wrote the March letters — which the military released Wednesday and which were translated by CNN — to Iraqi militant groups with ties to al Qaeda.

“It is in their own words. It is reflective of what they are saying about themselves,” said Brig. Gen. David Perkins, a spokesman for the Multi-National Forces in Iraq.

Al-Zawahiri conveys advice from al Qaeda’s chief, bin Laden, on how to improve the group’s performance and passed along dissatisfaction among al Qaeda members and leaders over a range of issues.

Complaints revolve around the group’s recruiting efforts, poor communication between al Qaeda central and al Qaeda in Iraq, ineffective and dishonest propaganda techniques, and the growing difficulty in moving “assets” from other countries into Iraq. Watch how the letters suggest an internal dispute ยป

“It has become very evident that it has become extremely difficult for al Qaeda to bring assets in from outside of Iraq,” Perkins said. “Therefore, we know more and more they have to generate their own operatives inside Iraq and they have to generate their own financial capabilities.”

The first letter is to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

The letter conveys accusations that al-Masri is too isolated to keep tabs on his operatives and questions his ability to lead al Qaeda’s branch in Iraq. It also questions the manner in which al Qaeda in Iraq’s umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq, was established.

Al-Zawahiri asks al-Masri to respond to the allegations from other al Qaeda leaders.

“[Al-Zawahiri] was concerned he wasn’t getting any regular updates on Iraq. He wasn’t getting any regular communication from al-Masri,” Perkins said. “He was very dissatisfied with the quality of recruits they were getting to conduct operations in Iraq.”

……Al Qaeda in Iraq, officials say, has been battered by military offensives in Baghdad, the largely Sunni Anbar province and other Sunni areas. It also has been weakened by growing support among Sunnis for the U.S. and Iraqi authorities.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/09/11/alqaeda.letters/index.html?eref=edition

I wonder if Harry Reid got the memo.

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