This week, on the anniversary of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech, May 1st, 2003, we interview a member of the Iraqi resistance group, Islamic Army in Iraq. The Islamic Army of Iraq is considered a terrorist group by the United States and most members of the Iraqi government. Tareq Al-Hashemi however, while Vice President of Iraq, called them a resistance group.
Some confusion about the exact nature and make-up of the Islamic Army exists because it was initially confused with Al-Qaeda. It has since been determined that they are two separate groups. That became especially clear early in April, 2007, as a war of words began on their opposing websites.
Some of the first insight into the nature of the Islamic Army in Iraq came when Ishmael Jubouri, the leader of the Islamic Army, was interviewed by the Washington Post at the end of November, in 2004. I co-authored a piece with Muhammad Zaher, a special correspondent for Alive in Baghdad, about the Islamic Army for Inter-Press Service in May 2006. The magazine, Foreign Policy, has a detailed description of the Islamic Army here, published in mid-2006.
For the Islamic Army’s own website, translated to English, you can look here.
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In other news, Brian will be traveling to Syria soon to meet new correspondents we’re training, and soon we expect to have regular reports from Sadr City, as well as other areas of Baghdad. All of this has been due to the continued support of our viewers, enabling Alive in Baghdad to mature into a sustainable and evolving news agency from Iraq.