A 20-page letter from Abu Yehia al-Libi AKA Abu Yehia Yunes al-Sahrawi addressed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and dated November 23, 2005, was recently distributed amongst password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated forums. Al-Libi comments that though his incarceration in the ?crusading prisons? limited the depth of the news he was able to receive of Zarqawi and jihad in Iraq, the impact of the information buoyed his hopes and that of fellow prisoners; to behold the entire scope of events in the jihad, subsequent to his escape, endeared Zarqawi to al-Libi, and prompted him to desire ?to participate in your Jihad with my pen and my words - for I am incapable of doing so with my hand and my soul.? The letter then serves to laud Zarqawi as only a secondary point, underlying the primary issue of describing jihad and its role in establishing Islam and exposing the falseness of the enemy.
Al-Libi believes that although Afghanistan represents the ?first outburst? from which ?the flag of jihad against mujahideen? was raised, Iraq overtook Afghanistan in importance. He then establishes five points, grounded in Qur?anic verse and Islamic sources, to protect jihad in Iraq, as well as other battlegrounds, and instilling the ?spirit of sacrifice among its (Muslim nation?s) youth?. The points warn that the enemies of Islam seek to raise tumult against the religion because its ?crushing arguments? cannot be withstood. As such, al-Libi suggests that the mujahideen leaders remain vigilant against any breach in ideology or Islamic law that the enemies may use as a cipher to cause warring factions within the jihadists. In addition, the mujahideen must consult with each other, present a clear image of the jihad free from misleading interpretation, and as they are the ?people who are most bent on pursuing the balance of truth,? it is incumbent upon the mujahideen to admit to mistakes.
Abu Yehia al-Libi escaped from the U.S. prison in Bagram, Afghanistan, the main prison for Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects in Afghanistan, in July 2005, with three other detainees.
A summary of the letter and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.