Al-qa`ida in Iraq (aqi) has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by turning nationalist insurgents and tribes against it. AQI made
two mistakes that might prove fatal. The first was its encroachment on tribal interests, and the second was its attempt to monopolize
leadership in the insurgency by declaring an Islamic state in Iraq. The first mistake compelled the tribes to terminate their welcome
of foreign jihadists and violently expel the extremists, while the second turned nationalist insurgents into fierce critics of AQI’s “alien” agenda.
Hafez, Mohammed. 2007. "Al Qa'ida Losing Ground in Iraq." CTC Sentinel (December): 6-8. http://www.ciaonet.org/journals/cs/v1i1/f_0002035_1056.pdf
START Author(s):Mohammed Hafez