Sunday, May 27, 2007
Jaysh Al-Fatihin said in a May 24 Internet statement that it defused a bomb planted near a school in Samarra in an effort to protect students and passersby. The Iraqi insurgent group said the bomb was planted by "unknown men," which is likely a reference to Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq. Several Iraqi insurgent groups have criticized Islamic State in recent months for its indiscriminate killing of civilians across the country.
COMMENT: If true, this is yet another indication of Sunni tribes and militants turning against the Islamic State of Iraq. They are rapidly losing their support base which facilitated logistics, camoflage and ease of operation. COMMENT ENDS.