Asia Times Online
January 5, 2012
The recent series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Damascus that killed scores of civilians and agents of state have brought the phrase “al-Qaeda” back into the reckoning.
The attacks occurred at the tail-end of 2011, a year in which the organization’s original kernel was deemed pulverized to irrelevance through American-led global military and financial efforts.
The United States military-bereft Iraqi government blamed “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia” for ghastly serialized explosions that killed scores of citizens, mainly Shi’ites, on December 22.