Note: The Organizational Chart for al Qaeda in Iraq is now avaliable for viewing, click here to see the PDF. The document is also available for download via The Counterterrorism Blog.
Evan Kohlmann of Global Terror Alert and The Counterterrorism Blog has allowed me to preview a graphic of the organizational structure of al Qaeda in Iraq. This fascinating document details the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq and shows the command structure and related military wings. The chart also illustrates the status of al Qaeda’s lieutenants – killed, captured or wanted. As it stands, of the 42 known high ranking members of al Qaeda in Iraq, 10 have been killed, 18 have been captured and 14 are wanted. The senior most leaders are still at large, but the middle management of al Qaeda in Iraq has been decimated (over 66% of Zarqawi’s lieutenants either killed or captured) by the Coalition efforts to dismantle the organization. This is a frighteningly high rate of attrition, and newer members of the organization that will rise in the ranks will be less experienced with al Qaeda’s operations, tactics, knowledge in the local theaters and dealing with members of the organization.
My sincerest thanks to Mr. Kohlmann for allowing me to preview this document.