James Forsyth

Al Qaeda in Iraq admits that it is on the run

Al Qaeda in Iraq admits that it is on the run
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There is a hugely encouraging story about the difficulties that al Qaeda in Iraq is facing in The Washington Post today which Joe Klein highlights. In it, one of al Qaeda in Iraq’s top leaders admits that its membership has plummeted from 12,000 in June 2007 to around 3,500 today. A sign of how rattled the terrorists are is revealed in one of their strategy memos which says

“Do not interfere in social issues such as head covering, the satellite and other social affairs which are against our religion until further notice".

The surge and the Sunni awakening have brought al Qaeda in Iraq to the verge of a momentous defeat. We must not squander this opportunity to defeat the ideology of al Qaeda in the heart of the Middle East. 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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