Relevant Claims of Responsibility for Recent Big Attacks
The Islamic Army of Iraq took credit for the rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Green Zone (Arabic) on Tuesday that resulted in the deaths of one American soldier and one American contractor.
This incident was widely cited by the U.S. media as evidence that the insurgents are getting emboldened; no one has made the connection to the Islamic Army of Iraq, one of the insurgent groups that Zalmay Khalilzad had negotiated with in the past. Tuesday was Khalilzad’s last day as ambassador.
Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq took responsibility for the two suicide attacks in Talafar (Arabic), also on Tuesday. These attacks on Shi’a civilians, euphemistically labeled ‘Mahdi Army’ militants in the ISI’s press releases, set off reprisal attacks on Talafar’s Sunnis.
If you scroll down the link to the very bottom, the Islamic State of Iraq also takes credit for the guerilla assaults in Fallouja over the last few days that were reported on by IraqSlogger.
Again and again, these attacks are attributed by the western media organizations to ‘insurgents’ even when groups such as the IAI and the ISI claim responsibility for the attacks in a timely and ‘newsy’ manner. I think that the press stands accused of being negligent and slothful in keeping tabs on these claims of responsibility and should do a better job of reporting the story, since the identity of those who are claiming to be behind these attacks seems like a big part of the story to me.
The 1920 Revolt Brigades organization continues to disintegrate: one faction has called itself 'Hamas-Iraq' and the other one has reclaimed the name '1920 Revolt Brigades' as its own (Arabic) in contravention to the treaty between the two factions. The 1920 Revolt Brigades used to rank fourth, after the ISI, the IAI and the Ansar al-Sunnah, in terms of insurgent activity over the last six months.