Remnants of Saddam Hussein’s regime are joining forces with anti-American fighters to create new threats in Iraq, according to a US military chief. General John Abizaid said the apparent alliance against the occupying powers was making “terrorism” the top problem in Iraq. He spoke shortly after a group calling itself the Armed Vanguards of the Second Muhammad Army sent a statement to an Arab broadcaster claiming responsibility for Tuesday’s bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. General Abizaid, the head of US central command, said such attacks were evidence of growing extremism in the area around the capital, Baghdad, and Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit. Iraqis gripped by insecurity He said remnants of the former Baathist regime had little in common ideologically with anti-American fighters, many of whom are believed to have come from outside Iraq. But he said a partnership based on expediency against a common enemy made sense. “There are some indications of co-operation in specific areas,” he told a news conference in Washington. Full Story
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