Iraq: civil war in the insurgency

The “Islamic State of Iraq,” having claimed responsibility for an ambush on a US patrol south of Baghdad May 12, has warned the US military to stop searching for three soldiers missing after the incident, if they want them to remain safe. (The Guardian, May 15) In a Web statement, a rival coalition of Sunni insurgent groups—the “Jihad and Reform Front”—accused al-Qaeda of killing 12 of its senior members in Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood. The coalition claimed to represent the “Islamic Army of Iraq,” the “1920 Revolution Brigade” and the “Mujahedeen Army.” (Newsday, May 15)

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