ISW has assessed that AQI has reconstituted as a professional military force. It is therefore crucial to examine the first 60 days of the new “Soldiers’ Harvest” campaign for indications of what AQI means to accomplish this year.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq
In the early part of 2012, ISW, AEI, and the Brookings Institution undertook a war game designed to simulate a worsening of the Syrian conflict and the spillover effects of that crisis on neighboring countries. What was postulated as a hypothetical situation in fact hewed quite closely to the way in which events eventually unfolded.
The political participation of the Sunni Arab minority in Iraq is critical to the security and stability of the state. At present, they are functionally excluded from government. Without effective political representation, the Sunni in Iraq are left with few alternatives to address their grievances against the Maliki government.
November 7, 2012-November 15, 2012 - Rumors surround Daqduq release, Tensions heighten around Kirkuk.
ISI's 'Destroying the Walls' summer campaign targeted a combination of security posts, government facilities, and Shi’ite shrines and neighborhoods.
August 31, 2012-September 6, 2012--Iran resumes shipments of military equipment to Syria through Iraqi airspace, corruption plagues Defense Ministry.