Thursday, November 22, 2007

That's What Friends Are For

What, no Iranians? NYTimes (11.22.07):
"Saudi Arabia and Libya, both considered allies by the United States in its fight against terrorism, were the source of about 60 percent of the foreign fighters who came to Iraq in the past year to serve as suicide bombers or to facilitate other attacks, according to senior American military officials.

The data come largely from a trove of documents and computers discovered in September, when American forces raided a tent camp in the desert near Sinjar, close to the Syrian border."

Foreign Fighters in Iraq Are Tied to Allies of U.S.

They found a bunch of biographies listing "hometowns and other details for more than 700 fighters brought into Iraq since August 2006."

"The records also underscore how the insurgency in Iraq remains both overwhelmingly Iraqi and Sunni."

And pathetically gullible. "'The bad imams tell the young people to go to Iraq and fight the American Army, because if you kill them or they kill you, you will go to paradise,' Sheik Adnan Khames Jamiel, a leader of the Albu Alwan tribe in Ramadi, said in an interview."

That religious fervor can be some nasty stuff, eh?

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