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  • A Resurgent Al-Qaeda in Iraq Threatens U.S. Attack

    Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which has staged a bloody comeback in Iraq in recent months, issued a threat this week to strike at the “heart” of America.

    On Sunday, shortly before a string of AQI attacks killed more than 100 people, AQI leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi warned Americans: “You will soon witness how attacks will resound in the heart of your land, because our war with you has now started.”

    Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday, Mathew Olson, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, assessed the potential threat posed to the United States by AQI and noted that several associates of the terrorist group had been arrested inside the U.S. and Canada in the last two years.

    Although al-Qaeda was caught off guard by the “Arab Spring” uprisings in many countries, its regional franchises have exploited the resulting chaos and power vacuums, particularly in Yemen, Libya and Syria. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged his followers to expand their operations in Syria, and an influx of Islamist militants there has heightened concerns about Syria’s massive chemical weapons stockpile.

    AQI had been severely degraded by U.S. and Iraqi security forces in an intensive counter-terrorism campaign from 2006 to 2011. But the resilient terrorist organization has revived and thrived after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011. Heritage Foundation analysts warned repeatedly that one of the negative impacts of the abrupt U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq would be a slackening of counter-terrorism efforts against AQI.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quickly moved against his Sunni rivals to consolidate his power after the withdrawal of U.S. troops. This aggressive political purge has further alienated Iraqi Sunni Muslims who had previously turned against AQI.

    Now AQI is opportunistically exploiting Sunni–Shia tensions in Iraq and intensifying Sunni–Alawite tensions in Syria. Although its primary victims are likely to continue to be Iraqis and Syrians, it could soon pose a significant threat to the U.S. homeland as well.

    See: A Counterterrorism Strategy for the “Next Wave”

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    3 Responses to A Resurgent Al-Qaeda in Iraq Threatens U.S. Attack

    1. Bobbie says:

      Could pose a threat to America's homeland? we have the "Muslim brotherhood" congress defends without proper investigations regarding their terrorist connections and history all over the world. Mentioning their Sharia law should have omitted them from this civil nation. Now sharia law and it's unmanly lack of tolerance and obsession for human indecency is a threat in America! Yeah, we're being threatened everywhere with no help from this over priced, fraudulent, corrupt government who'd rather look the other way then protect their own daughters! huh, that's a sharia thing isn't it? women are unprotected and used only for propaganda when the law isn't being enforced behind closed doors?

      What do you know about sharia law and it's standing in America or the certainty it never will, Mr. Boehner and McCain was it?

    2. 66CORKY66 says:

      This is a GOOD reason for American citizens to have and bear arms! We can help protect American soil.

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Wow, what a surprise! You mean to say that dispite the bucket of American blood and the billions of American tax dollars, Iraq is reverting back to Iraq? Did the author expect any different outcome. Egypt is
      continuing to be Egypt, Libya is reverting back to Libya. Syria will remain Syria regardless of how much Obama uses it to boost his poll ratings. Iran will continue to work on their nuclear weapons regardless of how many times Israel destroyes their plants. The Middle East will remain the Middle East regardless of
      American blood and treasure wasted.They have been at each others throats for many years longer than
      the US has been the US. That will not change.

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