Al Qaeda Drives Iraq Toward Chaos. Hmm Who would have Guessed.

U.S. withdrawal left door open to sectarian battle for power.

By Ashish Kumar Sen
The Washington Times

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren’t just pulling the thread; they’re setting it on fire.
More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings last month, making July the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims peaked from 2006 to 2008, the United Nations says.
On Thursday, gunmen stormed a policeman’s home in Tikrit and killed him, his wife and their three children. When neighbors later approached the house, a nearby car bomb exploded and killed eight people — a noted al Qaeda tactic, though the terrorist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the past week alone, more than 85 Iraqis have been gunned down or blown up.
“We are certainly seeing a rise of al Qaeda in Iraq,” said Anthony Cordesman, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Jessica Lewis, a research director at the Institute for the Study of War, said in a recent report that al Qaeda in Iraq is “now setting the terms of battle in Iraq for the first time since 2006.”
Iraq’s slide toward chaos began in the aftermath of the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops, who had mostly secured the country after its eruption of sectarian violence

Al Qaeda in Iraq, predominantly Sunni extremists, has claimed responsibility for scores of deadly attacks in its long-running efforts to disrupt the Shiite-led government of Prime Ministe

Nouri al-Maliki. Its insurgency is part of a trend in which the global terrorist network’s affiliates have asserted themselves throughout the Arab world.

This week, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the American consulates in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Erbil were among more than two dozen U.S. diplomatic facilities in the Middle East, Asia and Africa that were closed because of concerns about an imminent terrorist attack. The facilities in Iraq reopened Monday.
“The growing Sunni rebellion in Iraq has fueled the resurgence [of al Qaeda in Iraq], as has the fact that the U.S. isn’t there providing intelligence, backstopping the Iraqi security forces or continuing to train and keep up their skill levels,” said Kenneth Katzman, an analyst of Middle Eastern affairs at the Congressional Research Service.
An Iraqi Embassy spokesman in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.
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Joan
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Thank you Steve for providing us with this most informative article, which is an indictment in and of itself, of the king’s policies and actions in Iraq.

Laserboy
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Laserboy

When enough terrorist get to Iraq we should blowup the whole S*ithole of a country and everybody there with it. They all hate us and the one’s who don’t should learn what it means to be our enemy before they learn what it means to be our friend.

Alice Wolf
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Alice Wolf

The new US Ambassador in Egypt Mr Ford is an old war horse. He is a pro at causing mayhem happen. Now the oligarchs have Syria, Iraq and Egypt in a state of civil war, which makes it easier for Netanyahou………… so Israel will have less opposition to worry about. Their oppositon is busy fighting one another in each of these territories, at least the militants are being paid to fight each other, the residents are just onlookers.