Al Qaeda and Saddam’s Men Already Shooting at Each Other


Alliances of bandits only endure until a few victories are won and then it’s time to kill each other for honor’s sake. (via Religion of Peace)

Sunni militants who fought together to capture swathes of Iraqi territory have turned their weapons on each other during clashes in Kirkuk province that cost 17 lives, sources said Saturday.

The fighting erupted on Friday evening between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandiyah Order (JRTN) in Hawija, in Kirkuk province, said the sources.

One security official said JRTN fighters had refused an ISIS demand to give up their weapons and pledge allegiance to the jihadist force.

Witnesses, however, told AFP the two sides clashed over who would take over multiple fuel tankers in the area.

That one is much more plausible. The various Al Qaedas in Syria began shooting each other over fuel and bakeries. It’s all about the dinars.

JRTN, which sounds like a really obscure cable channel, is actually the remnants of the Baath Party under one of Saddam’s leading men. Its people played a major role in collapsing the Iraqi army and providing ISIS with some professionalism, but it looks like fuel tankers come before brotherhood.

However, a witness in Hawija said the two factions fought over control of oil tanker trucks brought by the Sunni militants from the refinery at Baiji, which they have been attacking for nearly a week.

The security official said eight Naqshabandi militants and nine Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants were killed.

Pretty even score. Slightly favoring Saddam’s boys.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Let them execute each other. It’s Bugsy Moran and Al Capone at each other’s throats over bootlegged liquor. Who cares? The only good jihadist is a dead jihadist.

  • Drakken

    Sit back and grab a bourbon, I’ll bet a 100 Saddams boys come up a few heads more than ISIS.

    • Pete

      Every ISIS guy killed is one less, who can carry out attacks in Europe.

  • Gee

    I wish they would stay together long enough to invade Iran

  • De Doc

    In terms of straight-up scrapping ability, I’d go with the old Republican Guard and ex-Saddam followers. They had the military experience and discipline lacking amongst the Jihadis. Also they would all be speaking fluent Arabic to one another, rather than the hodge podge Babel tower profile that represents many of ISIL’s fighters. On top of that the men of the Saddam regime would have no problem whacking their foes on Fridays, so while the pious ISIL towelheads are praying and acting ueber-Muslim, they’d make for great targets. Who wants to bet that ISIL’s current leader gets whacked in a month or two?

  • kilfincelt

    Great! Let them shoot at each other as long as that means fewer will be shooting at us.

  • DVult

    All those Humvees need a lot of gas.

  • Jason P

    Tribalism vs. jihad: first jihad wins, then a return to tribalism. Ah, the Islamic two-step! Let’s sit this dance out.

  • truebearing

    Shouldn’t we be sending them some more ammunition, or more firepower?