Amerikanerne mener Al Qaida er alvorlig svekket i Irak, i den grad at man kunne kalle dem beseiret. Men noen advarer. Al Qaida har hatt evne til å slå tilbake tidligere. At de er svekket er det ingen tvil om.

There is widespread agreement that AQI has suffered major blows over the past three months. Among the indicators cited is a sharp drop in suicide bombings, the group’s signature attack, from more than 60 in January to around 30 a month since July. Captures and interrogations of AQI leaders over the summer had what a senior military intelligence official called a «cascade effect,» leading to other killings and captures. The flow of foreign fighters through Syria into Iraq has also diminished, although officials are unsure of the reason and are concerned that the broader al-Qaeda network may be diverting new recruits to Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled

Many Officials, However, Warn Of Its Resilience