A letter dated Wednesday, April 27, 2005 was confiscated in a raid conducted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. At the same time, an undated document listing targeting information and map sketches for kidnappings and bombings in Iraq was confiscated. Even so, three people were captured during the raid. Among the dead was Abu Rayyan, who was the leader of a Baghdad car-bomb production cell. Abu Rayyan also served as the lieutenant to Abu al-Abbas, who is responsible for planning the attack on Abu Ghraib in early April 2005. The captured men are providing information on the composition and intentions of a significant support and operation cell associated with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The letter was intended for terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The author of the letter is al-Qusaymi Abu-Asim al-Yamani, who is a member of Qa'idat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn which is an al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq. In the letter, al-Qusaymi Abu-Asim al-Yamani requests an audience with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and complains about the incompetence of the insurgents who are directing missions on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's behalf. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is relying on his cell leaders to conduct operations while he is on the run.
The letter was written during a weekend with multiple large suicide car bombs that killed more than 100 people.
The letter indicates the insurgency is weakening and becoming desperate.
The letter makes references to one leader in particular who told the fighters either they must martyr themselves or leave the insurgency. When fighters returned back, some were recorded as martyred and the rest were hanging around. Some of the fighter that were hanging around did not know what to do, but were humiliated and immorally treated by that one leader.
The letter confirms that suicide bombings are carried out largely by foreigners who believe they are fighting a holy war against the United States. The letter also confirms that traditional attacks can be attributed to Iraqi insurgents and nationalists. Also Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's organization is trying to pressure Iraqi insurgents and nationalists into carrying out suicide bombings.