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Iraqi resistance deeply divided over Saddam Hussein's role

The resistance in Iraq is deeply divided between partisans and opponents of Saddam Hussein, even if both sides carry out the same type of guerrilla operations and share the goal of ousting US-led occupation forces. A series of actors involved in the struggle told AFP during a lengthy investigation that three main factions are involved: Saddamists, Islamists and nationalists, the latter covering anti-Saddam Baathists, former military men, Nasserists and other pan-Arab supporters. “There is no real coordination but it’s not chaos either,” said Abu Mohammad, a rebel tribal leader from the west of Iraq and a Saddam loyalist. “Each group keeps its own identity. Despite the different motives, the attacks and the field of operations are the same. “Saddam Hussein gives instructions and those who must carry them out find the means to do so,” he said, adding that the fighters were Baathists, former members of the secret services and militias under the old regime. Full Story

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