Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Khatia Buniatishvili, the 'pop star pianist'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French press review: Macron 'just a step away' from Elysée Palace

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

Will the traditional alliance against France's National Front work in round two?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Greek Cypriot negotiator: 'We regret that Turkey is distancing itself from Europe'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Trump's intervention in Syria: How should the EU respond?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa: 20 children killed in bus crash near Pretoria

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

An Election in the Shadow of Terror

Read more

#TECH 24

How fintech is helping the unbanked

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Turning up the heat with French firefighters

Read more

Middle east

US-allied fighters joining up with al Qaeda, media reports say

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-17

Hundreds of fighters in Iraq, once allies of the US military, may have joined al Qaeda, The New York Times reported on Sunday. The paper said the fighters are lured in part by al Qaeda recruitment efforts and anger at Iraq's Shiite-led government.

AFP - Possibly hundreds of members of Iraq's Awakening Councils, a group affiliated with the US military, have switched their loyalty to Al-Qaeda, The New York Times reported Sunday.
   
Citing unnamed Iraqi government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents, the newspaper said that although there were no firm figures, hundreds of fighters appear to have rejoined Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia in recent months.
   
Many of them would have gained extensive knowledge about the US military, it said.
   
Officials also said that possibly thousands of Awakening fighters still on the Iraqi government payroll covertly aid the insurgency, the report said.
   
The defections have been driven in part by frustration with the Shiite-led government, which Awakening members say is intent on destroying them, as well as by pressure from Al-Qaeda, the paper said.
   
The defections have accelerated since Iraq’s inconclusive parliamentary elections in March, which have left Sunnis uncertain of retaining what little political influence they have in the country.
   
The switch in loyalties by Awakening members poses a new threat to Iraq’s social and political balance as the US military prepares to withdraw next year, The Times noted.

 

Date created : 2010-10-17

  • IRAQ

    Gunmen in army uniforms kill Sunni villagers

    Read more

  • IRAQ

    61 members of security forces arrested over double suicide bombing

    Read more

COMMENT(S)