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US Says Captured Documents Show al-Qaida in Iraq is Weak


The Pentagon has published what it says are recently captured documents from al-Qaida in Iraq showing that the group sees itself as weak, disorganized, and unpopular in Baghdad.

U.S. military officials say the papers and a number of videos were seized in a raid last month south of Baghdad.

They say an unknown but significant militant wrote the documents.

The military officials say that according to the documents, al-Qaida in Iraq's only power lies in surprise hit and run attacks and booby traps that target civilians.

It describes the group as nothing more than a daily annoyance to the Iraqi government.

A U.S. military spokesman says the Iraqi people know that al-Qaida's only role in Iraq is to impede their prosperity and security.

Al-Qaida in Iraq is led by wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The U.S. military last week showed video of what it said was al-Zarqawi struggling with a machine gun and needing help by an assistant, who burned his hand when he grabbed the gun's handle.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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