- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

During January, the number of insurgent terrorist attacks in Iraq increased, but suicide bombings decreased sharply — leading some analysts to suggest that new rifts between al Qaeda in Iraq and Iraqi insurgents are harming al Qaeda’s effectiveness.

The month of January was a bloody one — most recently illustrated by a Jan. 30 suicide car-attack on Iraqi police barracks that killed two and injured 20. But as Strategic Forecasting Inc. pointed out yesterday in a terrorism report, “Of the 21 major suicide attacks reported in January, only four occurred in the last two weeks of the month.”

One likely cause of this decline, the report posits, could be that “Suicide bombers, who have typically entered Iraq through the porous Syrian border in Anbar province, now have fewer friends among Iraqi Sunnis to facilitate their transit and help them launch attacks.”

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