Azzaman, August 13, 2008
Despite repeated offensives and presence of tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops, the Province of Diyala still remains a major rebel stronghold in Iraq.
The province of which Baaquba is the capital is a restive territory where Iraqi resistance groups and members of al-Qaeda organization have apparently dug in for a protracted and difficult fight.
The province is predominantly Arab Sunni Muslim. But unlike the once rebel Province of Anbar, it has sizeable communities of other sects and nationalities.