Al-Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents marked the five year anniversary of the Iraq war with a flurry of propaganda. Reactions by these groups also addressed US President George W. Bush declaring that as of March 24, 2008, 4000 US soldiers were killed in Iraq. Although this figure is viewed as a fabrication by the insurgents, who claim the true number to be much higher, it emboldened the mujahideen and stepped up their rhetoric declaring imminent victory. In the years following the launch of major combat operations in Iraq on March 20, 2003, Iraqi insurgents continue to tout that their victory is made possible through jihad and anticipate that US-led coalition forces will soon withdraw. Audio messages from al-Qaeda leaders and communiqués from insurgent media departments each share this vision, highlighting their imminent victory in their anniversary statements. However, as the war enters its sixth year, these statements belie the fractured state of the Iraqi insurgency, and the increasing difficulties faced by al-Qaeda on the ground.

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