Watching ISIL’s evolving position within al Qaeda, is a window into some of Iraq’s plausible alternate universes.
If it is true, as they claim, that ISIL is responsible for last week’s double prison raids in Iraq, then Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s hand has been strengthened. The simultaneous raids released hundreds of jihadis from the Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons. This may well strengthen al-Baghdadi’s hand as he argues for autonomy from al-Qaeda’s core, led by al-Zawahiri, and for authority over al-Qaeda’s al-Nusrah front in Syria.
“the operation came exactly one year after the group’s leader, al-Baghdadi, announced the “Destroying the Gates” campaign to free Muslim prisoners in the country.” [SITE]
It is hard to deny the existence of the ISIL given the planning, power, and effectiveness of the raids. This will probably act to further inflate their already exaggerated view of their own power. Al-Bagdhadi is probably already dreaming of the great battle between Iran and an ISIL government in Iraq.
Whether or not this new show of force will give them the power they seek remains to be seen. The innocent civilians of Iraq have no love for them.
July 25, 2013 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact