The BBC reports that the US has obtained a letter, supposedly from Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri and addressed to AQ ambassador to Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which informs al-Zarqawi and his followers that their current tactics risk alienating the Muslim masses. He goes on to say that alienating the Muslim masses is bad, because the masses will ultimately be involved in the future government of Iraq.
In this letter, al-Zawahiri supposedly moans about AQ's ravaged finances and leadership, and states that they've virtually resigned themselves to defeat in Afghanistan.
The letter, which the US says they obtained in June, is certainly encouraging, if it's the genuine article. Supposedly, the US announced they have the letter and gave some details regarding it's contents only to head off some leaked information about it.
I'm hopeful, but far from convinced. Was this letter, in fact, written somewhere in Fort Meade, MD? Or if it did come from al-Zawahiri, is it disinformation intended to lull US forces a bit?
I question everything I hear in this war.
UPDATE: Now AQ says the letter was a fake. Well, what else were they going to say? This clears up nothing.