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Iraq resistance still in operation
by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Sunday Dec 23rd, 2007 9:07 AM
Al Jazeera has obtained video footage that appears to show that Iraq's resistance movements are very much in operation, despite the US administration's claims.
The US has been pointing to the decreasing number of violent deaths in recent months as a sign the country is being brought under control.

The footage shows the inner workings of the Islamic Front for Iraqi Resistance, known as Jami.

Deeply nationalistic with a slight Islamic leaning, it appeals more to Iraqis than extreme groups involved in global jihad such as al-Qaeda.

Formed in 2004, the group's stated aim is to drive all foreign soldiers out of Iraq.

Dozens of attacks

It is not clear how many fighters the group has, but it claims to have been responsible for dozens of attacks on US forces in northern Baghdad.

Al Jazeera, however, cannot independently verify Jami's claims.

Now, alongside its military campaign, it has launched a propaganda war to get its message across.

Over the years, Jami has established itself as a resistance group which publicly condemns attacks on Iraqi security forces and random targeting of Shia civilians.

Its media centre is run by fighters who each hold a masters degree in media, Al Jazeera has been told.

'Our suffering'

A Jami media officer told Al Jazeera: "We want to show the West our suffering and we want to show that the Iraqi resistance is not about the killing of Iraqis and terrorism.

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