Rafid Fadhil Ali

Rafid Fadhil Ali is journalist, writer and reporter. From 2003 to 2007 he covered the Iraq war and followed events from the field. Rafid worked for different pan-Arab and foreign media organizations. He is an expert in Iraqi politics and militant groups in the Middle East. Rafid writes frequently in English and Arabic for publications such as the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor and Militant Leaders Monitor, and the daily Arab newspaper, al-Hayat.

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Articles by Rafid Fadhil Ali

AQAP’s Man in the South: Nasir al-Wuhayshi

Nasir al-Wuhayshi (a.k.a Abu Basir) appeared in a video in January 2009 to announce the merger between al-Qaeda branches in Saudi Arabia and Yemen under his command. The new organization

Insurgent Attacks on the Iraqi Energy Sector

With the recent reduction in political violence, the Iraqi government is looking to make greater use of the nation’s formidable oil wealth, a frequent target of Iraq’s varied insurgent groups.

Kurdish Islamist Groups in Northern Iraq

A spokesman of the Kurdish arm of al-Qaeda in Iraq recently announced the group’s intention to eliminate Iraq’s Kurdish leadership: “To the two Kurdish puppets, Jalal Talabani and Masoud Barzani,

The Mahdi Army: New Tactics for a New Stage

Iraqi radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has issued a statement describing a new strategy for attacking Coalition forces (alkufanews.com, June 13). The statement follows a year of intense military pressure

Al-Qaeda’s Palestinian Inroads

When al-Qaeda invited journalists and the people at large to direct questions by internet to al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the most frequent questions was: “Why does al-Qaeda

Sufi Insurgent Groups in Iraq

The mystical approach to Islam known as Sufism has deep roots in Iraqi society. Adherents to Sufism normally stress prayer, meditation and the recitation of the various names of God