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Islamic Jihad, Jama'a Islamiya condemn al-Qaeda in Iraq over sectarian agenda, targeting of civilians
by Lars Akerhaug, Antiimperialist Camp([search]), Jul. 25, 2005

The two biggest Islamist militant groups in Egypt, Islamic Jihad and Jama'a Islamiyya, have issued harsh statements condemning al-Qaeda in Iraq over its utter disregard for civilian life and accusing it of having a sectarian agenda that goes beyond expelling the occupier into the illegitimate attempt to eliminate and exclude Iraq's Shias and Kurds. The two statements which were published jointly on an Islamist website described al-Qaeda's strategy of targeting civilians, journalists and the use of indiscriminate car bombings as counterproductive and failing on both religious and political grounds. The statements said that such a strategy as adopted by Zarqawi and his group was bound to 'turn all those who may differ politically with the group into its sworn enemies and to force any neutral elements into taking sides against it'. The statements apparantly were issued after al-Qaeda in Iraq announced the execution of the Egyptian ambassador to Baghdad, and reflect a growing gap between different factions of militant Islamism on the one hand and the group known as 'al-Qaeda in Iraq' on the other.

Iraqi history is rich with examples of cooperation between Sunnis, kurds, shi'ites and other ethnic groups and confessions existing in the country. It was by the movement for a coup against the anti-imperialist president Kassem and later the Iran-Iraq war and the attempts from Imperialism to use Kurds and Shias against Iraq that the sows of ethnic hatred was planted.

A National resistance successful not only in defeating the Yankees and their collaborators militarily but also to win the political struggle of the Iraqi future has to promote and integrate into its leadership and rank-and-file shia muslims as well as the pockets of Kurdish resistance to occupation. In this respect the above statements from the radical islamists in Egypt are also helpful in marginalizing the faulted and harmful strategy of al-qaeida and similar embryos.


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