Skip to comments.Militant Iraqi Nationalists Struggle with Approach to al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq
Posted on 01/02/2010 12:28:06 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The string of deadly bombings against government buildings and Shiite landmarks in Baghdad that began last August provides a startling reminder that the Qaeda-associated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) remains a clear danger to Iraqs long-term stability. The three sets of multiple attacks that took place on August 19, October 25, and December 8the three deadliest attacks since 2007killed at least 362 people and wounded over 1,233. In an otherwise continuously improving security situation, the ISI claimed responsibility for the spectacular, headline-grabbing attacks in an effort to embarrass the Iraqi government, intensify Sunni disgruntlement with the current political establishment and rally former nationalist insurgents behind its banner.
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