- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

Insurgent groups have engaged in open battles with Al Qaeda in Iraq in recent months — which U.S. officials hope will open a new dynamic in the war.

On Oct. 23, insurgents reportedly fought a bloody battle with Al Qaeda in Iraq outside Baghdad, the New York Times reported this week, one of many such battles. U.S. officials have expressed hope that they can enlist some of those who have been part of the terrorist insurgency to join the fight against al Qaeda.

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