Trends in Terrorist Activity and Dynamics in Diyala province , Iraq , during the Iraqi Governmental Transition , 2004-2006
Perspectives on Terrorism
abstract
This descriptive study explores the evolution of the Iraqi insurgency in the dynamic strategic
environment between 2004 and 2006. In these three years, insurgents in Iraq sought to exploit
terrorism as a tactic to induce fear and advance their regional and political agenda in the
volatile Iraqi province of Diyala. Their geopolitical agenda was primarily aimed towards
derailing the interim political process and reconciliation efforts throughout Iraq. This article
draws its analytical conclusions from quantitative data of terroristic incidents, focusing on
insurgents’ tactics, targeting of victims, and areas of activity. It examines trends of insurgent
activity between 2004 and 2006 as well as the evolution of their strategy against the Iraqi
Government and its people.