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Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:13PM
Members of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant carry their weapons during a parade in Tel Abyad, Syria, on January 2, 2014.

Members of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant carry their weapons during a parade in Tel Abyad, Syria, on January 2, 2014.

AL-Qaeda-linked militants have resorted to enlisting the help of some Iraqi tribes as a new phase of their scenario to escalate their war against the government in Baghdad, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“Al-Qaeda now is taking a new style of political tactic. They use the tribes. Some of the tribes are linked with al-Qaeda,” said Iraqi journalist and political commentator Ali Nashmi in a Thursday interview.

The tribes accuse the Iraqi government of attacking them in an attempt to buy time for al-Qaeda to establish its bases in al-Anbar Province, the analyst said.

Nashmi noted that some Persian Gulf kingdoms, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are the major sponsors of al-Qaeda operations in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been handing out pamphlets in the city of Fallujah in al-Anbar, asking residents of the city to join the fight against the Iraqi government, give money or open their homes to them as shelter.

This comes as the Iraqi army and Sunni tribesmen continue their advance in Anbar Province.

Earlier on Friday, Iraqi media reported that security forces have retaken several key areas of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar. The ISIL overran Anbar Province earlier in the month.

On Sunday, the Iraqi prime minister vowed to rid Fallujah of al-Qaeda-affiliated militants without a military assault.

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