Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Newly formed insurgent group accuses al-Qaida of killing 12 of its senior members

Soldiers search an Iraqi teenage boy while on a patrol with Iraqi National Police in the Doura neighborhood of Baghdad in April

A newly formed Sunni insurgent coalition on Monday accused al-Qaida of killing 12 of its senior members in Baghdad 's Dora neighborhood in a new sign of rifts between Iraq 's militant groups.

The coalition, called the Jihad and Reform Front, was formed by at least three insurgent groups in an apparent attempt to counterbalance the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group led by al-Qaida in Iraq.

The Front is made up of the Islamic Army in Iraq, the Mujahideen Army and some senior leaders from the Sharia Commission of Ansar al-Sunnah, according to the Front's founding notice, posted two weeks ago. Leaflets recently plastered on walls in the western city of Fallujah said another insurgent group, the 1920 Revolution Brigades, had joined the Front as well.

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