Training Camps Reportedly Established Along Syrian Border
Violence has been decisively on the rise over the past few months in Iraq, with death tolls that are multi-year highs. Much of the violence has come from the Sunni west of Iraq, with al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) showing surprising staying power.
Predicted “defeated” more times than we can count over the course of the eight year US occupation, AQI is once again on the rise, with projections that the group, which had gotten down to about 1,000 fighters last year, is now about 2,500-strong.
In the US the comeback of AQI is being turned into a political issue, with some hawks claiming their resurgence is a function of the massive US occupation force having left. The history of the occupation suggests the US wasn’t particularly effective at handling AQI either, however.
And indeed, the latest growth of AQI seems to be bolstered by the Western-backed civil war in Syria, with the group setting up training camps along the Syrian border, and AQI, having sent fighters into Syria at the behest of Ayman al-Zawahiri, is taking advantage of a new influx of jihadists into the region and massive amounts of weapons and cash flowing in from around the world.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- North, South Korea Make Tit-for-Tat Moves at Kaesong Industrial Zone - February 11th, 2016
- Russia: US Warplanes Bombed Aleppo Hospitals, Not Russians - February 11th, 2016
- CIA Director: ISIS Has Used Chemical Weapons, Can Make More - February 11th, 2016
- NATO Sends Warships to Try to Keep Refugees Out of Europe - February 11th, 2016
- Saudis Confirm Plans to Send Ground Troops to Syria - February 11th, 2016