Iraq the Model is reporting via a Baghdad newspaper that some terrorist groups in Iraq are urging members to cease using internet, cell and even land lines for communication purposes. Why? Because in the past few weeks coalition forces have monitored them and, based on what the intel gathered, launched successful operations shutting down a number of terror cells.
Maybe they'll initiate the Zarqawi Pony Express to deliver messages. Here's the story:
Azzaman yesterday had a report on its English page on some insurgent groups in Iraq abandoning the internet and all kinds of phones and going back to word of mouth and written letters for their communication after the former apparently led the US military to locate and kill or capture many insurgents:
'You are not to use electronic communication or even land lines when communicating,' said a leaflet which the groups distributed recently.
The instructions are apparently a response to what are described as 'moderate successes' U.S. troops have achieved in the past few weeks in their fight to flush out rebel cells.
Internet material, mobile messages and phone calls which the rebels use are now the U.S. military's major source of intelligence.
'The U.S. army has carried out successful raids in the light of the tips obtained from the Internet and mobile phones,' said a source close to a major armed group involved in fighting the Americans.
'Therefore we have decided to rely on oral or written messages,' he said.
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