Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI)

The Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) is an Islamist militant organizations formed in Iraq following the 2003 invasion by Coalition forces. Its stated mission was to drive all foreign fighters from Iraq and was regarded as a significant insurgent group in Iraq primarily focussed on targeting US forces. The IAI represent a strong anti-Western as well as Iran stance, with the latter viewed as representative of Shi’ite.  The anti-Iran position is seen in media statements supportive of rebel groups in Syria whereby the war is presented as a religious war against Hezbollah and Iran.The IAI's objective was clearly stated in a media release during July 2008:"Our goals are to drive the occupiers out and put an end to the oppression of the Iraqi people, through establishing a state of justice and equality that will be based on the cornerstones of our nation."Dual Strategy in IraqThe IAI seeks the attainment of its objectives by means of political activism as well as the…

Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI), also known as al Jaish al-Islami fi al Iraq is an active group formed c. 2000.
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