Monday, July 22, 2013 – 500 inmates from Abu Ghraib prison, 12 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, were set free by the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant. This expansive al-Qaeda network consists of many Iraqi insurgent groups, which gained strength in 2006.
The Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, holds affiliation, and intimate ties with some of the following: The Mujahideen Shura Council, Al-Qaeda, Jeish al-Fatiheen,Jund al-Sahaba, Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura. A central aim of the ISIL is the creation of a Sunni caliphate throughout Iraq.
The Interior Ministry of Iraq stated that 29-armed officers, including several soldiers, were killed. The current leader of al Qaeda in Iraq is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. His name, Abu Bakr is distinctive to his own personal approach towards Islam today. Abu Bakr, the first Islamic Caliphate in the 7th century, is a model figure of Islam for both Shi’i and Sunni Muslims throughout the Middle East. The golden age of Islam, the first four caliphs, holds all followers of the Quran together today.
The 21st century Abu Bakr has taken the memory of the golden age of Islam into the streets of Iraq and Syria. The ISIL has made several sweeping statements recently, which has threatened large scale attacks. The shrewd, double attack, on Monday, July 22 by Al-Qaeda’s affiliate, fell in line with what security experts had feared.
The current security situation in Iraq is not only being challenged, it is being pulled apart by increasing meticulous attacks by jihadist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant. The U.S. has been unable to reach its vital security goals over the past few years.
Iraq’s stability is critical to America’s strategic position in the Middle East. Once there is a significant breach in Iraqi state security, and an al-Qaeda affiliated group, like the ISIL, takes aim at government installations, it will be too late to close the gap of power without military intervention by the Iraqi army, or a close ally.