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The Terrorists' War in Iraq Continues

11:17 AM, Oct 26, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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In 2004, U.S. News & World Report quoted David Kay, formerly of the Iraq Survey Group, as saying: “I think we are in an intelligence war with Iran. There are Iranian intelligence agents all over the country [Iraq].” Iranian intelligence agents retain a heavy footprint inside Iraq to this day. AAI and other al Qaeda-linked groups maintain a significant presence, albeit one that is not as strong as several years ago, as well.

The main purpose of Iranian and al Qaeda-backed violence has been to drive American and Western forces out of Iraq. Sometimes the Iranians and AAI have colluded in this endeavor. Now that coalition forces are leaving, the terrorists’ violence will not stop. Our Iraqi allies will have to fend off these attacks by themselves.

The terrorist’s war against America’s Iraqi allies continues, whether the U.S. wants to keep fighting or not.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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