Iraqi National Islamic Resistance
The Iraqi National Islamic Resistance (1920 Revolution Brigades) was reported by Al-Zawra to have first emerged on July 16, 2003. The group's name is a reference to Iraq's history of fighting British colonialism. It is believed that their aim is to liberate Iraq from military and political occupation by foreigners and to establish a new Iraqi state grounded in Islamist beliefs.
The Iraqi National Islamic Resistance has claimed responsiblity for anti-American attacks, many of which primarily occur west of Baghdad. This region includes AbuGhurayb, Khan Dari, and Al-Fallujah. It has also been reported that the group has been involved in illegal activities in the governorates of Ninawa, Diyala, and Al-Anbar. The group released a statement on August 19, 2004 and claimed to have carried out an average of 10 operations a day. The group further claimed to be responsible for shooting down two helicopters in the first two weeks of August 2004.
In a statement to Al-Jazeera, the group implored Arab and Islamic countires to send troops to Iraq.
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