June 10, 2010

NOT EXACTLY A CHALLENGE TO THE eND OF hISTORY:

Al-Qaeda turns to mafia tactics (Saad al-Mosuli, 6/11/10, Asia Times)

This is Mosul, my home. Since 2003, I have worked as a reporter here, mainly for local newspapers. Stories of murder and abduction are part of my routine.

Al-Qaeda still thrives in my city, long after it was driven underground in other parts of the country. Once a pillar of the local insurgency, the group - also known as the Islamic State of Iraq - now operates as a mafia, funding itself through extortion and blackmail.

Though deeply unpopular, its reputation for ruthlessness has also made it very powerful. Unlike other insurgent groups, al-Qaeda never restricted itself to fighting the Americans. Right from the start, it showed it was ready to kill Iraqis too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2010 5:48 AM
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