Insurgents vs. al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda may be overstaying its welcome in Iraq. A powerful Sunni insurgent group, the Islamic Army in Iraq, has posted an open letter on an affiliated website demanding that none other than Osama bin Laden intervene to bring his Iraq-based followers "in line." Al-Qaeda, which is primarily a non-Iraqi Sunni group, had long teamed up with Iraqi Sunni insurgents. But tensions between the two camps escalated in the fall, when al-Qaeda created a new jihadi supergroup called the Islamic State of Iraq to unite the disparate cells fighting the U.S. and Shi'ite militias. Al-Qaeda demanded that all insurgent groups swear loyalty...

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