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Iraq Al Qaeda Has Doubled Numbers Since 2011

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Al-Qaida making comeback in Iraq, officials say

By LARA JAKES and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Tues October 9, 2012

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida is rebuilding in Iraq and has set up training camps for insurgents in the nation’s western deserts as the extremist group seizes on regional instability and government security failures to regain strength, officials say.

Iraq has seen a jump in al-Qaida attacks over the last 10 weeks, and officials believe most of the fighters are former prisoners who have either escaped from jail or were released by Iraqi authorities for lack of evidence after the U.S. military withdrawal last December

Gee, what a surprise.

During the war and its aftermath, U.S. forces, joined by allied Sunni groups and later by Iraqi counterterror forces, managed to beat back al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch.

It is looking more and more like Obama is going to make the deaths of 4,477 US troops in Iraq all for nothing. Instead, Obama is bragging about how he ended the war there.

But now, Iraqi and U.S. officials say, the insurgent group has more than doubled in numbers from a year ago — from about 1,000 to 2,500 fighters. And it is carrying out an average of 140 attacks each week across Iraq, up from 75 attacks each week earlier this year, according to Pentagon data

But Obama just told us again yesterday that "Al Qaeda is on its heels." And that he has decimated Al Qaeda.

Each round of bombings and shootings the terror group unleashes across the country, sometimes killing dozens on a single day, fuels simmering public resentment toward the government, which has unable to curb the violence. And the rise of Sunni extremists who aim to overthrow a Shiite-linked government in neighboring Syria has brought a new level of anxiety to Iraqis who fear the same thing could happen in Baghdad.

"Nobody here believes the government’s claims that al-Qaida is weak and living its last days in Iraq," said Fuad Ali, 41, a Shiite who works for the government…

Which government is Mr. Ali talking about? Iraq’s or America’s?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Iraq Al Qaeda Has Doubled Numbers Since 2011”

  1. GetBackJack

    Stunning news.

    (head slap)

  2. Right of the People

    How soon do you think the Mooselimb Bro’hood will become a political party in Iraq?


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