Incredibly revelatory lead article in the Guardian says the main resistance groups reject Al Qaeda, and say they’re closer to Saudi (because they’re anti-Shia) and Turkey (because they’re anti-Kurd) than to Syria:
“The insurgent groups deny support from any foreign government, including Syria, but claim they have been offered funding and arms from Iran and rejected it because of suspicion of Iranian motives. They say they have been under pressure from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to unite and claimed to have had indirect contacts with France about creating the conditions for establishing a political presence outside Iraq. …
“Resistance isn’t just about killing Americans without any aims or goals. Our people have come to hate al-Qaida, which gives the impression to the outside world that the resistance in Iraq are terrorists. We are against indiscriminate killing, fighting should be concentrated only on the enemy,” he said.
He added: “A great gap has opened up between Sunni and Shia under the occupation and al-Qaida has contributed to that.””