Al-Qaida narrows strategy in Iraq

12/21/2009 | NYTimes.com

Al-Qaida in Mesopotamia has shifted its tactics in Iraq toward less frequent and more catastrophic strikes, aimed at undermining support for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government in advance of national elections. U.S. military authorities say al-Qaida in Mesopotamia has transformed from a broad-based insurgency to a concentrated terrorist organization bent on destroying the government. U.S. commanders attribute three recent devastating attacks -- each targeted at government institutions and each killing at least 120 -- to the group.

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