Thursday, June 7, 2007

Zarqawi Legacy Divides Sunni Opposition in Iraq

by Lee Banville and Mitchell Wyllins from the Online NewsHour

Brian Fishman, a senior associate at the Combating Terrorism Center, wrote in his report, Fourth Generation Governance; "Outside Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) provides al-Qaida sympathizers a firmer intellectual structure through which to imagine an Islamic government and the reestablishment of the Caliphate." ... "In order to appease its foreign backers, especially the ulema of senior jihadi-salafi thinkers, [ISI] needs to consolidate real control in parts of Iraq," said Fishman in a later interview. "It cannot do that without challenging other militant groups."

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