By Hasan Suroor
The cumulative effect of all this has been a significant drop in al-Qaeda operations. The Islamic State of Iraq, a pro-al-Qaeda website, has been reported as admitting that al-Qaeda operations dropped by 94 per cent between 2006 and 2007. So, while it is true that the al-Qaeda’s fortunes in Iraq have taken a tumble, a big question mark remains on whether this means that it has been, finally, defeated. For, there is simply too much overlapping of affiliations of various Iraqi militant groups to make a clear distinction between the activities of the al-Qaeda and other outfits.