Now deprived of its strategic leader, Al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI) and its new leader, Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir, must strike a balance between appealing to secular and tribal Sunnis in Iraq, while maintaining an insular terrorist network that can sustain potentially weakening criticism. In order make AQI successful post-Zarqawi, al-Muhajir must clarify AQI’s focus to counter increasing factionalism.

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