Bill Roggio has an incredibly detailed list of the current hot spots for jihad (what he calls “The Long War”) around the world. He reiterates what we infidels know too well, that Al-Qaeda is who we are mostly fighting right now in Iraq, but did you know that Afghanistan saw its bloodiest year since 2001 (for the bad guys) and that Al-Qaeda has taken over parts of Pakistan?
After the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, command of Al-Qaeda in Iraq was passed to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, a protege of Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Qaeda is attempting to create a political front and put an Iraqi face on the insurgency. Under the leadership of of Abu Omar al-Iraqi, al-Qaeda is attempting to unite the fractious insurgent groups in the Sunni areas, and has created an umbrella political organization called the Islamic State of Iraq. Some smaller Sunni insurgent groups, along with some leaders of Iraqi tribes, have been rolled under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq, along with al-Qaeda in Iraq’s Mujahideen Shura Council.
Muqtada al-Sadr and his Iranian backed Mahdi Army continue to lead the sectarian violence in Baghdad and efforts to sideline Sadr from political power have so far failed.
The overwhelming violence and Taliban activity in Afghanistan occurs on the eastern border with Pakistan. The Taliban have been attacking border outposts, police stations and district centers in formations as large as battalion sized (about 400 fighters).
But massed Taliban have led to massive Taliban casualties at the hands of NATO forces. Over 4,000 have been killed in Afghanistan this year, but at least 3,500 are Taliban fighters.
The Taliban has established offices, recruiting centers, a parallel governing administration, and allowed al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters to live in the region. Twenty-two known al-Qaeda training camps exist in the tribal areas. After the Waziristan Accord, Pakistan released over 2,500 Taliban, al-Qaeda and other jihadi prisoners, many of whom fled back to the tribal areas to rejoin or lead their units.
Read the whole article to find out all about the major battles being fought, as well as those “under the radar”. This list (which Bill actually adds to in the comments of the post) only solidifies that we have to stay the course, and continue the work we’ve been doing. It is NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN futile.
Its good to read about success against Al Qaeda (especially in Somalia), and frustrating to read about the slow pace of progress in other areas, thanks in no small part to our own mainstream media furthering the enemy’s message that we “can’t” or “won’t” win this war in Iraq, and on terror.