Iraqi insurgent groups

Iraqi newspaper identifies insurgent groups - (UPI):

“There are three main Sunni groups, and five separate factions within them; two Baathist groups; and two Shiite insurgent organizations, according to a recent issue of the Baghdad al-Zawra in Arabic -- a weekly published by the Iraqi Journalists Association and translated into English by the CIA.
The groups are comprised of individual cells that are only loosely affiliated, a supposition endorsed by military intelligence officials in interviews with United Press International.
"The majority of these groups do not know their leadership, the sources of their financing, or who provides them with weapons," the Sunday's report stated.”

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