March 13, 2007

Insurgency Infighting

In a piece in the NY Sun , Nibras Kazimi says the tipping point has been reached in the battle with the Iraqi insurgency, but neither side has admitted it. He says Sunnis are increasingly turning against al Qaeda and toward an accommodation with the Iraqi government and the Americans.

It's a considerably sunnier assessment than some I've read elsewhere, although the estimable Robert Kagan points to evidence of improvement. Unlike Kagan, Kazimi is not crediting the nascent "surge" for any of the positive developments, citing instead the infighting going on within the insurgency, and strategic blunders by al Qaeda.

No mention of Iran in the Kazimi piece, which I found a bit odd. How is the strength or weakness of the Iraqi insurgency to be discussed without even mentioning one of its key inciters, funders and suppliers of materiel and personnel?

Posted by dan at March 13, 2007 11:22 PM