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  Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs
The American intelligence description of the insurgency was that it comprised some of the former Iraqi military, members of the former ruling Ba'ath Party, angry Iraqis, pan-Arabists and pan-jihadists.
In the meantime, the Iraqi insurgency emerged as a symbol of Arab and Muslim rage.
However, the rest of the Iraqi insurgency was waging a war for Islam.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/GH12Ak02.html   (1639 words)

 MEI: Falluja and the Iraqi Insurgency
Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi warned on 1 November that negotiations for a peaceful settlement were in their “final phase” and that he would shortly authorize a “military solution”.
The high Iraqi death toll and apparent ability of the lightly armed insurgents to hold off the US Marines united many Iraqis in opposition to the US and coincided with the Sadrists’ uprising that briefly presented the Washington with a nation-wide conflagration.
Combating Iraqis who are fighting to liberate themselves from their “liberators” presents the Bush Administration with serious moral and legal quandaries and, of course, and an acute public relations dilemma.
meionline.com /features/293.shtml   (1943 words)

  Iraqi Insurgency
Attention has been paid to Saddam loyalists, Iraqi nationalists, foreign Jihadists, militant Sunni and Shia Muslims, and ordinary criminals, with officials trying to assess the nature, goals, funding, and capabilities of the insurgents, the degree of cooperation or conflict between the groups, and links between the insurgency and international terrorist networks and foreign governments.
Sunni Arabs, dominated by Ba’athist and Former Regime Elements (FRE), comprise the core of the insurgency.
The Former Regime Loyalists, or FRL’s, threaten the safety of Iraqis and prolong the Coalition presence.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/ops/iraq_insurgency.htm   (2165 words)

 President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat
We agree that the Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons.
If the Iraqi regime is able to produce, buy, or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year.
The Iraqi regime bugged hotel rooms and offices of inspectors to find where they were going next; they forged documents, destroyed evidence, and developed mobile weapons facilities to keep a step ahead of inspectors.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2002/10/20021007-8.html   (3301 words)

 Iraqi insurgency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Iraqi insurgency, also known as the the Iraqi Civil War, and sometimes lumped together with the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq as the Second Gulf War or the Iraq War, is the asymmetric war being waged by both Iraqi citizens and foreign people in Iraq.
By June, an insurgency was clearly underway in the central and northern Iraq, especially in an area known as the Sunni Triangle.
Iraqi troops have fought battles with Shia militiamen in the southern town of Diwaniya on August 28, 2006, amid an upsurge in violence in which dozens of people have died.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Iraqi_insurgency   (9559 words)

 The Iraqi Mafia: An Evolving Insurgency
The insurgency in Iraq is encountering a major obstacle, but not due to Saddam's capture, or the prospect of an upcoming trial; these will not significantly alter the course of an insurgency that already suffers from a number of congenital weaknesses.
A substantial portion of the Iraqi insurgency's funding is thought to come from the Hussein regime's stockpile of cash, in the form of old Saddam dinars and counterfeit bills.
Leaders of the insurgency, thought to be Baath-party loyalists, pay young male Iraqis and possibly jihadists from outside Iraq anywhere from $150 to $1000 per attack.
www.heritage.org /Press/Commentary/ed011504b.cfm   (862 words)

 The Epoch Times | Iraqi Experts Urge Political Solution to Insurgency
The Iraqi interim government has been promising to crack down on the country's insurgency, and Iraqi and U.S. troops have been focusing on the town of Samara in recent days.
On Sunday, Iraqi interim government officials hailed the joint U.S.-Iraqi military effort to oust insurgents in the rebellious city of Samarra, north of Baghdad.
However, the experts also say the insurgency could continue even after election, if the new Iraqi leaders are not able to adequately address the many critical economic and social issues facing the country.
english.epochtimes.com /news/4-10-4/23607.html   (687 words)

 Iraqi insurgency - SourceWatch
That the Iraqi insurgency is now self-sustaining was confirmed December 1, 2006, by John D. Negroponte, U.S. national intelligence director.
In other words, as much as was the case a year or two ago, the Iraqi insurgency is primarily an anti-occupation insurgency."—Fred Kaplan, Slate, February 9, 2006.
Portraying the Iraqi insurgency as a "monolith" "composed solely of Saddam Hussein's 'ex-loyalists' misses a myriad of groups and ideologies arrayed against U.S. occupation," according to Ahmed S. Hashim, professor of strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., the Pacific News Service reported July 29, 2003.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Iraqi_insurgency   (1271 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Iraqi Insurgency Is Weakening, Abizaid Says
Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said yesterday that the strength of the Iraqi insurgency is waning as a result of momentum from elections, and he predicted Iraqi security forces would be leading the fight against insurgents in most of Iraq by the end of 2005.
About 90 battalions of Iraqi security forces are lightly armed and have limited mobility around the country compared with U.S. troops, he said, but their chief weakness is a fledgling chain of command.
To bolster Iraqi capabilities and leadership, the U.S. military plans to increase the number of advisers embedded with Iraqi forces, although the size of the increase is pending.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A64058-2005Mar1?language=printer   (643 words)

 FRONTLINE: the insurgency: watch the full program | PBS
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi photojournalist who has risked his life to report on the foreign fighters in Iraq, provides unique insight into their mindset.
The insurgency's current shift from violence to the ballot box may be the country's best hope to resolve the conflict.
Mohammed Faiq of the Iraqi army is candid about the situation confronting his country: "If the coalition forces left Iraq, that would be the end of Iraq, the destruction of Iraq.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/insurgency/view   (952 words)

 The Iraqi Insurgency and Us - by Robert Dreyfuss and Tom Engelhardt
First of all, the Sunni-led insurgency, metastasizing continually, is a hydra-headed army of armies representing former Ba'athist military, security, and intelligence officers, assorted nationalists and Islamists, tribal and clan leaders, and city and neighborhood militias.
But studies of the insurgency show that most of its fighters are loyal to the Ba'ath Party, whose origins were among left-leaning Arab nationalists, or they are loyal to a more specific version of Iraqi nationalism, or they simply oppose the foreign occupation of their country.
But the fact that a prolonged insurgency followed the invasion and that U.S. casualties mounted is the result of the Iraqi people's unwillingness to submit to an American diktat.
www.antiwar.com /engelhardt/?articleid=9175   (3566 words)

 The Glittering Eye » Blog Archive » The Iraqi insurgency has no Central Command
By “Iraqi insurgency” I mean anyone who dischargers a firearm at a member of the Coalition forces, sets carbombs and other IEDs, engages in suicide attacks, and otherwise opposes Coalition forces or the new Iraqi government in Iraq with force.
GlobalSecurity.org characterizes the Iraqi insurgency as being composed of former regime loyalists on the one hand and Islamic revivalists on the other.
He recalled that discussions with members of the insurgency were often fruitless given the lack of a formal power structure.
theglitteringeye.com /?p=2066   (1649 words)

 USATODAY.com - Prewar intelligence predicted Iraqi insurgency   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
• The insurgency began not after the end of major combat in May 2003 but at the beginning of the war, yet Pentagon officials were slow to identify the enemy and to grasp how serious a threat the guerrilla attacks posed.
Iraqis, they said, would be grateful to be rid of Saddam.
The violence, Rumsfeld said, was the work of foreign fighters and "pockets of (Iraqi) dead-enders." During the war, Franks described the violence as terrorism, not an insurgency.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2004-10-24-insurgence-intel_x.htm   (1550 words)

 deseretnews.com | Strength of Iraqi insurgency is upgraded
Containing that insurgency is the major challenge facing U.S. and Iraqi officials in preparation for Iraqi national elections in January.
American military and Pentagon officials continue to hold that as Iraqi security forces increase in numbers and effectiveness, they will be able to gather even more detailed and timely information, an important consideration if the insurgency is to be stifled.
Iraqis are setting up centralized operations centers to share information and coordinate anti-insurgent activities.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,595100038,00.html   (1793 words)

 DefenseLink News Article: Insurgency Unpopular; Iraqi Forces Growing More Capable
Alston noted that possibly thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed since Zarqawi proclaimed in May that civilians were legitimate targets for his bomb squads.
The Iraqi security forces show "great promise in their ability to continue to shoulder the load here in fighting this insurgency," Alston said.
The Iraqis had not planned a rescue mission, but discovered Wood nonetheless using what Alston described as "a combination of training, a combination of instinct, and professionalism." Coalition forces supported the hostage rescue.
www.defenselink.mil /news/newsarticle.aspx?id=16394   (627 words)

 USATODAY.com - AP: Iraq insurgency larger than thought   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Although U.S. military analysts disagree over the exact size, the insurgency is believed to include dozens of regional cells, often led by tribal sheiks and inspired by Sunni Muslim imams.
The developing intelligence picture of the insurgency contrasts with the commonly stated view in the Bush administration that the fighting is fueled by foreign warriors intent on creating an Islamic state.
Even as Iraqi leaders wrangle over the contentious issue of offering a broad amnesty to guerrilla fighters, the new Iraqi military and intelligence corps have begun gathering and sharing information on the insurgents with the U.S. military, providing a sharper picture of a complex insurgency.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2004-07-08-insurgency-count_x.htm   (1270 words)

 Iraqi Insurgency Growing Larger, More Effective
It's axiomatic among military thinkers that insurgencies are especially hard to defeat because the insurgents' goal isn't to win in a conventional sense but merely to survive until the will of the occupying power is sapped.
Some Iraqis say these aggressive U.S. military moves are counterproductive because mass destruction and the killing of Iraqis create more recruits for the insurgency.
In late 2003, Iraqi recruits, many of them young and looking for a paycheck, were pushed through a week or so of training, given guns and uniforms and then declared graduated.
www.commondreams.org /cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/headlines05/0122-08.htm   (1517 words)

 Foreign Involvement in the Iraqi Insurgency
The Iraqi insurgency spiked again in August 2004 when Muqtada al-Sadr took the offensive against the transitional Iraqi government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and the Multi-National Force of U.S. and other foreign troops, as the former coalition is now known.
However, as of summer 2004, it is increasingly evident that the different agendas and modus operandi of the nationalist Iraqi insurgency and their ostensible jihadist allies have caused considerable tensions between these groups.
While neither could overtly support the insurgency, it is not too far-fetched to assume that they did so covertly or turned a blind eye to pro-insurgent activities conducted by elements within their respective countries.
www.jamestown.org /terrorism/news/article.php?issue_id=3047   (1854 words)

 Iraqi insurgency lacks ingredients for success | csmonitor.com
Support for the insurgency is confined to a minority within a minority - a small portion of Sunni Arabs, who make up less than 20 percent of the population.
The biggest weakness of the insurgency is that it is morphing from a war of national liberation into a revolutionary struggle against an elected government.
And even if the Iraqi insurgents can't take over the entire country, they might be able to carve out a jihadist ministate or spark all-out civil war.
www.csmonitor.com /2005/0627/p09s01-coop.html   (778 words)

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Insurgency has been defined as “an organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict.” The first vestige of an Iraqi government was the Iraqi Governing Council, formed in July 2003.
For example, the insurgency appears to be highly effective at influencing Sunnis, given its measurable success in preventing a significant Sunni turnout in the January elections.
Indeed, insurgencies are traditionally considered battles for the hearts and minds of the affected population, in this case Sunnis.
www.washingtoninstitute.org /templateC05.php?CID=2282   (1479 words)

 Barkey: Amnesty Can Sharply Undercut Iraqi Insurgency - Council on Foreign Relations
Henri Barkey, a Middle East expert and head of the international relations department at Lehigh University, says Iraqi plans for an amnesty can seriously undercut the Iraqi insurgency by creating a rift between homegrown Iraqi insurgents, who are entitled to amnesty, and members of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, who are not.
One of the things people miss with insurgencies is that behind every insurgent is a family structure, and especially in the Middle East you are talking about extended families.
Yes, we have lots of American troops on the ground, but the fact of the matter is, if we really mean that this is a sovereign Iraqi government, and it decides to do this because they think this is in [their] best interest, it is not really up to us to criticize them too much.
www.cfr.org /publication/10992/barkey.html   (1944 words)

 TomDispatch - Tomgram: Robert Dreyfuss, The Iraqi Insurgency and Us
First of all, the Sunni-led insurgency, metastasizing continually, is a hydra-headed army of armies representing former Baathist military, security, and intelligence officers, assorted nationalists and Islamists, tribal and clan leaders, and city and neighborhood militias.
But studies of the insurgency show that most of its fighters are loyal to the Baath party, whose origins were among left-leaning Arab nationalists, or they are loyal to a more specific version of Iraqi nationalism, or they simply oppose the foreign occupation of their country.
But the fact that a prolonged insurgency followed the invasion and that U.S. casualties mounted is the result of the Iraqi people's unwillingness to submit to an American diktat.
www.tomdispatch.com /index.mhtml?pid=93289   (3611 words)

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