posted on Jan, 14 2005 @ 04:54 AM
Iraqi insurgents face have yet another worry on their hands. No, not some new high technology weapon for the United States, rather the long term
motives of Osama bin Laden. Bin laden has vowed to turn Iraq into a front line war against the United States. However the insurgents feel he may just
be trying to hijack their rebellion. Indeed the group that claimed responsibility for the deadlies attack on U.S. troops, Ansar al-Sunnah, has posted
a request on its website that foreign fighter stay out of Iraq.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Osama bin Laden has vowed to turn Iraq into the front line of his war against the United States, but Iraqi insurgents seem
worried that he's out to hijack their rebellion.
At times, the Iraqis and foreign Muslim militants seem to be competing.
Media reports and Web statements have speculated that a Saudi carried out the December 21 suicide bombing of a U.S. mess tent in the northern Iraqi
city of Mosul that killed 22 people.
But Ansar al-Sunnah, the homegrown group that took responsibility for that deadliest of attacks on a U.S. target in Iraq, named the bomber as Abu Omar
of Mosul, a nom de guerre that pointedly claims him as an Iraqi.
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Some of this may be a direct backlash against noted Jordanian terrorist, and Bin laden ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It is perceived by many insurgent
groups that Zarqawi sabre rattled then ran in the face of the U.S. incursion into Fallujah. He took off leaving the Iraqi resistance fighters to fend
for themselves. Any split between these groups is good news for both the United States and the interim Iraqi government.