This Week In Iraqi Jihadism
According to the latest Terrorism Focus, a useful compendium of counterterrorism tidbits put together by the Jamestown Foundation, Iraqi jihadis are crediting the surge with messing them up. The new issue doesn’t seem to be online, but check this out, courtesy of someone claiming to speak for an insurgent outfit called the Abu Bakr Army:
The Abu Bakr Army has carried out a number of suicide operations. Abu Muhammad declares “the martyrdom-seeking operations are blessed because they denied the enemies sleep and terrified them.” In response to a question seeking the reason for an apparent decline in jihadi operations, Abu Muhammad suggested; “the decrease is general, and not limited to a specific faction, due to the recent situation,” possibly referring to the coalition “surge.”
Granted, that’s the Terrorism Focus author’s characterization, but it’s hard to see how Abu Muhammed is talking about something other than the surge.
Also, here’s another item of interest: Terrorism Focus reports that an Egyptian Islamist scholar named Hani al-Sibai answered some questions about the increasing prevalence of women suicide bombers in Iraq. Sibai appeared to be somewhat discomforted by gender equality in religious-based murder-suicide:
Al-Sibai believes there is no official Al Qaeda female suicide battalion, rather only unorganized female suicide groups composed of wives, daughters and sisters of slain jihadis in Baghdad, Diyala and Mosul. They await an opportunity to attack U.S. and Iraqi forces to avenge their dead.