Monday, January 9, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
January 9, 2012

Shortly after U.S. combat soldiers left Iraq, on December 22 the Associated Press reported 14 terrorist attacks in Baghdad killing 69 people, and an Al-Qaeda front group in Iraq claimed responsibility. Then on January 5, 2012, bombings targeting Shiite killed at least another 78 people, so there are growing concerns that Iraqi security forces are not up to the job. The result is that the nation could fall apart in another civil war between Sunnis and Shiites.

On December 25 in Nigeria for the second Christmas in a row, Boko Haram (some of whose members have links to Al-Qaeda) launched terrorist attacks. This time, two churches and the UN headquarters there were attacked, killing 39 people. Boko Haram wants to impose Shariah law (Islamic religious law) across Nigeria, including in the Christian south. The death of Osama bin Laden in northwest Pakistan by the U.S. military some months ago clearly has not eradicated the terrorist threat posed by Al-Qaeda.

On the same day as the 14 attacks in Baghdad occurred, the U.S. military admitted partial blame for the NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers about a month earlier. The headline in The Guardian (November 27) read: “NATO braces for reprisals after deadly airstrike on Pakistan border post: Concerns the ISI intelligence agency could use its suspected influence over insurgent groups to launch reprisal attacks.” The following day, The International News (Pakistan) reported that Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Gilani “warned the United States that there would be ‘no more business as usual’ with Washington after [this] NATO attack…. Meanwhile, a top advisor to Afghan President Harmid Karzai warned that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be on a path to conflict.”

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