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The impasse in Iraq in its attempt to form a new government continues some four months after parliamentary elections. And U.S. sources inside the strife-ridden nation now are saying analysts “aren’t connecting the inability of the Iraqis to form a government with what AQI [al-Qaida in Iraq] is doing,” according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
What al-Qaida is doing is mounting a resurgence, said to consist of a two-prong strategy of outreach as well as mayhem and death. A source is reporting AQI is exploiting Sunnis who feel they are being left out of the political process.
In addition, Ansar al-Sunnah is tag-teaming with AQI and releasing “Berg-style” live beheading videos to further mayhem and death. The source was referring to Nick Berg, an American Jewish businessman who was captured by al-Qaida in May 2004. A videotape of his beheading was sent to news media, sending shock waves around the world.
Ansar al-Sunnah is a militant Salafi group fighting U.S.-led coalition forces and the elected Shiite government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
In what amounts to a change of tactics to attract more followers, AQI has decided to kill fewer people at a time in suicide bombings and to avoid killing fellow Sunni Arabs, because the number of Sunni victims earlier had prompted Sunni tribesmen to rebel against AQI in 2007.
Al-Qaida is pressing similar action in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and even the North Caucasus. It seeks to get local elements to go along with its Salafi-Jihadi ideology rather than allying the al-Qaida movement with local militant groups. Sources said it is a strategy al-Qaida has learned from experiences in Iraq.