Originated as an al-Qaeda insurgent group in response to the 2004 war in Iraq.
The Islamic Army of Iraq, as one of its principal objectives, targets foreigners working in Iraq and moreover, anyone working with the US-led coalition. The Islamic Army in Iraq has carried out numerous kidnappings followed by beheadings. Foreigners working in Iraq, including, but not limited to Europeans, Americans, and other Middle Easterners, are the primary target of the group.
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