Dear Mr. President: Al-Qaida isn't the problem in Iraq

A new Pentagon report says that the army of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is the biggest threat in Iraq.

By Alex Koppelman
Published December 19, 2006 4:56PM (EST)

The Los Angeles Times writes today on a report from the Defense Department to Congress that says Muqtada al-Sadr's army is the greatest threat in Iraq.

The Times' story also includes an unsubtle swipe at President Bush, who has continued his campaign to link the war in Iraq to the war on terror by blaming al-Qaida for the violence there. This latest survey would seem to put the lie to that particular canard.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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