News24 reported Iraq's resistance has replaced Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as political head of the rebels, confining him to a military role, the son of Osama bin Laden's mentor told AFP Sunday in Jordan. "The Iraqi resistance's high command asked Zarqawi to give up his political role and replaced him with an Iraqi, because of several mistakes he made," said Hudayf Azzam, who claims close contacts with the rebels.
Since when did he ever have a political role? Was he on the ballot in the last Iraqi election?"Zarqawi's role has been limited to military action," said Azzam, whose late father Abdallah Azzam was the mentor of bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda boss.
But he is afraid to actually battle with the military. They have guns, and can shoot back."Zarqawi bowed to the orders two weeks ago and was replaced by Iraqi national Abdullah bin Rashed al-Baghdadi," Azzam said.
Is he going to hide like Zarqawi did?Azzam, 35, whose father was known as the "prince of mujahedeens", said he regularly receives "credible information on the resistance in Iraq".
So should Azzam be arrested as a collaberator?He said Zarqawi "made many political mistakes", including "the creation of an independent organisation, Al-Qaeda in Iraq".
"Zarqawi also took the liberty of speaking in the name of the Iraqi people and resistance, a role which belongs only to the Iraqis," Azzam said.
And a majority of them don't want the resistance to continue.As a result "the resistance command inside and outside Iraq, including imams, criticised him and after long discussions demanded that he be confined to military action", Azzam said.
How about confining him to prison instead."Zarqawi pledged not to carry out any more attacks against Iraq's neighbours
Yes, his family is now against him after he bombed the wedding party in Jordan.after having been criticised for these operations which are considered a violation of sharia (Islamic law)," Azzam said.
Actually his attacks which kill innocent Iraqis are in violation of Quran 4.93 which says "If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him."