Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Al-Qaeda In Iraq "Crippled"

Look for this good news to be reported on tonight's edition of Campbell's 'Socialism at Seven': Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled - Washington Post
The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq...

There is widespread agreement that AQI has suffered major blows over the past three months. Among the indicators cited is a sharp drop in suicide bombings, the group's signature attack, from more than 60 in January to around 30 a month since July. Captures and interrogations of AQI leaders over the summer had what a senior military intelligence official called a "cascade effect," leading to other killings and captures. The flow of foreign fighters through Syria into Iraq has also diminished...

The deployment of more U.S. and Iraqi forces into AQI strongholds in Anbar province and the Baghdad area, as well as the recruitment of Sunni tribal fighters to combat AQI operatives in those locations, has helped to deprive the militants of a secure base of operations, U.S. military officials said.


  1. This is good news, especially when you consider that al-Qaeda wasn't in Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion.

  2. Not sure about the US military bit or even the Sunni “tribes”. Pretty much the success or failure of Iraq post liberation was going to be down to the Iraqi people themselves.

    The Iraqis had a taste of Al-Qaeda especially in Anbar and turned against them. US military and the central Iraqi government though did respond well to the new anti Al-Qeada sentiment.


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