Jaysh Naqshbandi: A New Challenge in Iraq
Earlier this week, NPR produced a story on the Naqshbandi Army in Iraq. This is a Sufi resistance group growing in power and influence in the Diyala and Kirkuk provinces in Iraq. Al-Qaeda and Jaysh al-Madhi slowly wane in Iraq as they lose local credibility with increased civilian targeting. On the other hand, the Naqshbandi Army is a home grown nationalist movement. Aside from their call for a Jihad on the United States as of 2003, Naqshbandi leadership uses a Bathist platform, which remains popular among most Iraqis. I post this piece particularly for my brothers in 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry division who will be deploying to Diyala in August of 2009. Enjoy.