There are indications that al-Qaeda’s struggle with Iraq’s United States-sponsored tribal Awakening Councils is far from over. An attack on the Baquba home of Awakening Council militia leader Sheikh Abdul Karim Hassan al-Dahlaji on October 29 left three family members dead and 14 others injured.
A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the raid was likely to have been carried out by al-Qaeda. Four days later, a roadside bomb killed Sheikh Abbas al-Tami and his family near Baquba, the capital of Diyala province. The Sheikh was the head of the Majmaa tribe and a prominent Awakening Council leader.
These incidents appear to be part of a strategy imposed by al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in their fight with the Majalis al-Sahwat (Awakening Councils). AQI’s announcement of the establishment of a so-called "Islamic State of Iraq" (ISI) in the Sunni areas of the country r
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