Al-Qaeda Aims to Inflame Sectarian Tensions

Monday, January 06, 2014

January 3, 2014: People in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. (AZHAR SHALLAL/AFP/Getty)

Al-Qaeda is remaking the map of the Middle East, or at least they want to.

Anbar province has long been a center of Sunni Muslim insurgents, and is now becoming a base for Al-Qaeda's wider ambitions to inflame sectarian tensions.

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East Correspondent for The Independent, weighs in on what's ahead for Iraq.


Patrick Cockburn


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Does Al- Qaeda really have the same power that they once did, or are there many Islamic militants throwing around the name but don't actually respond to any one leader at the top of the organization, or even get funds from them?

At this point Al-Qaeda almost feels like a branding of a name.

If the Takeaway examine my question in a report, I'd appreciate it. Certainly, Mr Cockburn believes it is a true Al-Qaeda in Iraq, but what about the rest of the world?

Jan. 06 2014 01:58 PM

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