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Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in Iraq organization—come from all over the Arab World, with Saudis being the majority 53%, 13% from Syria, 8% from Iraq, 5.8% from Jordan, 4% from Kuwait, 3.8% from Libya, with the rest distributed among other countries (see Chart 1)
AUDI ARABIA DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE: BACKING SADDAM
What else is missing from the enormous coverage of Saudi Arabia? One element that is hardly mentioned is the long strategic compact between the House of Sa'ud and Saddam Hussein (united by their fear of their Shia populations, and of Shia Iran).
Originally posted by xmotex
I wouldn't extrapolate this to the insurgency as a whole, which the Zarqawi group is only a small (if particularly murderous) component of. Is the Zarqawi group even targeting the coalition forces anymore? It seems to me they have moved on to primarily targeting Shiite civillians at this point.
Al-Zarqawi’s Rise to Power: Analyzing Tactics and Targets
Suicide bombings by the Zarqawi network, which make up 42.2% total suicide attacks in Iraq, have many advantages, the most important of which are low cost, lack of need for escape plans and media coverage. The percentage of suicide attacks perpetrated by Zarqawi’s faction to the overall number of victims of other operations is 70% dead and 83.7% injured (see table 2). The high rate of victims apparently proves the effectiveness of the terrorist act (table 2 indicates that civilian victims of this tactic are as high as 80%) and achieves a large media coverage.