By Jay Sekulow
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:For the current Iraqi intelligence agency, see Iraqi National Intelligence Service.The Iraqi Intelligence Service (Jihaz Al-Mukhabarat Al-A'ma), also known as the Mukhabarat, General Directorate of Intelligence, or Party Intelligence, was the main state intelligence organization in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The IIS was primarily concerned with international intelligence collection and analysis but also performed many activities inside Iraq. - Source: Wikipedia
Al Qaeda's branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria's extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.
Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, led by President Nouri al-Maliki, continues to align itself more closely with neighboring Iran.
Bombs pounded six Iraqi cities and towns Tuesday, killing at least 40 people and raising suspicion that security forces might be assisting terrorists in launching attacks on Shiite Muslims.
Iran's presence is already visible in Iraq, from the droves of pilgrims at Shiite holy sites to the brands of yogurt and jams on grocery shelves. That could change when the U.S. military leaves at the end of the year.
A flurry of morning bombs killed 10 people and wounded 34 around Baghdad on Sunday, police said, in what one Iraqi official called an attempt to undermine security ahead of a much anticipated meeting of Arab heads of state in two months.
Iraq's prime minister put his nation on its highest level of alert for terror attacks, warning of plots to sow fear and chaos as the U.S. combat mission in the country formally ends on Tuesday.
Bombers and gunmen killed at least 56 Iraqis in two dozen attacks spanning the country Wednesday, mostly targeting security forces in seemingly coordinated strikes the day after the number of U.S. troops fell below 50,000 for the first time since the start of the war.
Thieves, not insurgents, were behind unusual robberies of four ships anchored off Iraq's southern coast, an Iraqi intelligence official said Monday, insisting they do not pose a larger threat to commercial traffic in the strategic waters.
Four al Qaeda-linked detainees have escaped from a Baghdad area prison that was handed over by the U.S. to Iraqi authorities a week ago, Iraq's justice minister said Thursday — a daring escape that embarrasses a government struggling to prove it is capable of operating without U.S. oversight.