July 30, 2013

Al Qaeda Affiliates Reemerge in Iraq, U.S. Influence Wanes

AWR Hawkins | Big Peace | Military experts are warning members of Congress that the reemergence of Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq and elsewhere are undoing U.S. gains and undercutting U.S. influence.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer told Fox News, "We left Iraq on the edge of being stable [in 2011]," but now, "Al Qaeda as an entity is coming back strong within the region and is doing things to destabilize governments, which, at this point in time, are still friendly to us."

On July 25, Iraq's parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi concurred: "The situation is grave."

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