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Al-Qaeda Sees Opportunity In Iraq’s Sectarian Conflict

As Sunni demonstrations and sectarian tensions throughout Iraq continue to escalate, al-Qaeda is focusing all its efforts on taking advantage of Sunni vulnerabilities, writes Mushreq Abbas.
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Al-Qaeda is one or two steps ahead of Iraqi security efforts. This is a reality to which even security personnel will admit. The fact is, Iraqi security is gradually starting to abandon its traditional approach to limit the dangers posed by the organization, its expansion and extensive planning capabilities.

But Iraq's timid confession of its inability to read al-Qaeda’s thought process and predict its next move and goals has yet to develop into a clear and studied vision that goes beyond beefing up its military presence in the streets, carrying out arbitrary arrests and relying on an unprofessional intelligence body.

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