Al-Zarqawi successor reportedly named


For a Free Scotland
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Al Qaeda in Iraq has named a successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist leader killed in a U.S. airstrike last week north of Baghdad, Islamist Web sites said Monday.

The sites identified the militant group's new leader as Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, which means "the immigrant," indicating that he -- like the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi -- is not Iraqi.

CNN has not been able to confirm the claim's authenticity.

"The word of the Shura Council of the Qaeda organization in the land of the two rivers was united on electing Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajer to be the successor to the Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. God bless his soul on commanding the organization," one Web site said.

Al-Zarqawi died of blast injuries less than an hour after the U.S. strike Wednesday on a house near Baquba, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said Monday.

He was positively identified through DNA testing, the military said.

Also in a Web posting, al Qaeda in Iraq on Sunday threatened "large-scale operations that will shake the enemy and rob them of sleep." Iraqi and U.S. officials, however, dismissed the threats as "empty" and "expected" in the wake of al-Zarqawi's death.

Do you think that a new leader of the Iraqi insurgency will in any way change the methods and intensity of attacks in Iraq?

Do you think that having a second non-Iraqi lead the resistance will cause rifts in the insurgency?


After Zarqawi's death, of course there's got to be a new "Master Terrorist" always after America's freedoms. How else will the US government justify taking away more freedom, privacy, and rights of US citizens? Of course there's going to be no change in the insurgency. There will always be some "second 9/11" right around the corner as our politicians say.
I think the specific methods may change, but unless this new leader is radically different than the old (which I doubt), there isn't going to be much of a change.