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Exclusive Translation: Intercepted Letters from al-Qaeda Leaders

An important note from my colleague Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, director of the newly opened Center for Terrorism Research (CTR) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, regarding that state of al-Qaeda's network in Iraq. I strongly recommend you read the linked article:

"Yesterday, Center for Terrorism Research (CTR) adjunct fellow Bill Roggio posted an important report at the Long War Journal. He noted that a series of letters intercepted by Multinational Forces-Iraq—letters that chronicle the communications between al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Islamic State of Iraq leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi—sheds light on how 'Al Qaeda’s senior leadership has lost confidence in its commander in Iraq and views the situation in the country as dire.' These communications highlight divisions in the organization, the failures in its leadership, and problems with communications and propaganda efforts.

Today the Center for Terrorism Research provides an exclusive translation of these important documents, courtesy of CTR research fellow Tony Badran. We believe that this translation constitutes an important primary document for understanding the current state of the al-Qaeda network inside Iraq. To see the translation, click here."