With the U.S. military gone, Iran is the new enemy for Iraq insurgents
Agence France-Presse Apr 11, 2012 – 11:05 AM ET
Iraqi men sort through the debris after a suicide bomber set off an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession in the predominately Shi’ite neighbourhood of Zafraniyah in Baghdad on January 27, 2012. At least 31 people were killed in the capital’s deadliest day in a month, amid a political crisis that has stoked tensions.
- BAGHDAD — Sunni insurgents who battled American soldiers in Iraq until their long-time enemy withdrew last year have turned their wrath on a new target: Shi’ite Iran.
The fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime on April 9, 2003, the dissolution of the Iraqi army and ruling Baath party and the rise to power of Shi’ites after 80 years of Sunni domination, buoyed Iraqi and Arabi jihadists.
Four months after most U.S. troops left Iraq, the jihadists had to find a new reason to sustain their continued presence — enter Iran and the Shi’ite-led Iraqi regime.
“Armed groups always need to find an enemy in order to justify their existence,” said Hamid Fadel, a professor of political science at Baghdad University. (end of article)