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-- they gonna come back and ominous development in the war on terror I have al-Qaeda claiming responsibility.
For an assault on an Iraqi prison freeing hundreds.
Of the worst criminals many of them -- death sentences.
Including senior members of the terror organization.
The deadly raid taking place in Iraq's notorious.
Abu Ghraib prison ambassador John Bolton as with -- now the former.
Ambassador to the United Nations and Fox's contributor and served good morning to you award -- what what does this mean.
About the strength of al-Qaeda not only in that country but elsewhere.
As well -- -- at 500.
Of the most wanted behind bars many were sentenced to die are now offering.
Well I think it reflects the growing sectarian conflict inside.
Iraq itself as the Sunnis become more radicalized.
In this conflict with the Shia led government of prime minister Al -- -- and I think it's.
Very bad news I think it's a reflection on.
What happens after the United States -- -- militarily in our ability to kind of tamp down some of these sectarian conflicts diminishes but I think it's also.
Got significant implications worldwide the al-Qaeda in Iraq franchise.
Was probably the biggest it was considered al-Qaeda is central front in the war against the west before.
The bush administration's surge in 2007.
And I think that if Iraq descends into the kind of civil war that we see now in Syria.
That that this problem this radicalization in this opportunity for al-Qaeda is only gonna get much more serious across the entire middle -- even if we were still there in great numbers were kind of numbers with the US have had to keep there to prevent incidents like.
Well I think it's less a question of numbers -- the political significance of the United States being there you know a lot of the effort was undertaken during the surge in particular.
To try to re instill a feeling Iraqi determination to have a free nation a secular nation.
That's that's disappeared that may have been a long shot to begin with let's be clear but it's disappeared with the withdrawal of American forces the Al -- Iraqi Government.
-- is effectively under the control of the Ayatollah is in Tehran on key important strategic decisions.
And I think that's one reason why the Sunnis the Arab Sunnis.
And the Kurds have come and increasing conflict with Al Malkin why the risk of of Iraq descending entirely in the sectarian conflict is a very real one.
But by the way there was another attack on a prison north of Baghdad and in the town of Tajik that was repelled by the government forces of rocket we largely have trained.
But it comes back to the fundamental question how equipped and how capable are Iraq's forces.
Maintaining peace in control in that country.
Do we know well -- some some are well trained but I think the real risk is that forces that are nominally part of the army or the police force of Iraq itself.
Are really thinly disguised Shia militias under Al Mal luckiest political control and and under the influence of Muqtada or else Solder of the Iran -- of a variety of -- organizations.
Just is on the Sunni side there increasingly susceptible to al-Qaeda.
So I think when you see these two extremist views.
I've really growing in strength you can see why the likelihood -- at least the prospect of sectarian civil -- very real and 500 most of them convicted senior members of al-Qaeda and had received death sentences.
And many of them are free now John Bolton thank you watch where this goes.
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