After being severely weakened by the Awakening Councils and the US troop surge, the Islamic State of Iraq has appeared to reemerge, after lying low for some time.  In recent weeks, the ISI has raised its profile with new claims for attacks, as well as a string of releases of propaganda and speeches by the group's leaders.  In an atmosphere where the Awakening Councils appear to be under strain and other Iraqi insurgent groups have publicly reached out to the ISI, al-Qaeda's franchise in Iraq might have an opportunity to reconstitute itself.

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