This letter may be authentic. If it is, it further corroborates the extent to which Iraq has become the cockpit of the U.S. battle with al-Qaeda. The letter will be used by the U.S. to underline that it must stay the course in Iraq and that any premature withdrawal will be viewed by al-Qaeda as a victory. Even so, it is plausible to argue that the most productive outcome for al-Qaeda, short of a massive and virtually impossible defeat of the U.S. in Iraq, is for the occupation to simply continue. Iraq has become the most important recruitment arguement for al-Qaeda, as the stream of young jihadis bent on becoming martyrs emphasizes daily.
U.S. Obtains Treatise By Bin Laden Deputy: "The United States has obtained a letter from Osama bin Laden's deputy to the leader of Iraq's insurgency that outlines a long-term strategic vision for a global jihad, with the next phase of the war to be taken into Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, according to U.S. officials."