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Al Qaeda's Travel Agent--Damascus International is terrorism's hub airport.
Wall Street Journal ^ | August 20, 2007 | JOSEPH LIEBERMAN

Posted on 08/19/2007 8:46:03 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah

The United States is at last making significant progress against al Qaeda in Iraq -- but the road to victory now requires cutting off al Qaeda's road to Iraq through Damascus.

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Recently declassified American intelligence reveals just how much al Qaeda in Iraq is dependent for its survival on the support it receives from the broader, global al Qaeda network, and how most of that support flows into Iraq through one country -- Syria. Al Qaeda in Iraq is sustained by a transnational network of facilitators and human smugglers, who replenish its supply of suicide bombers -- approximately 60 to 80 Islamist extremists, recruited every month from across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and sent to meet their al Qaeda handlers in Syria, from where they are taken to Iraq to blow themselves up to kill countless others.

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Before al Qaeda's foreign fighters can make their way across the Syrian border into Iraq, however, they must first reach Syria -- and the overwhelming majority does so, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, by flying into Damascus International Airport, making the airport the central hub of al Qaeda travel in the Middle East, and the most vulnerable chokepoint in al Qaeda's war against Iraq and the U.S. in Iraq.

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Interrupting the flow of foreign fighters would mean countless fewer suicide bombings in Iraq, and countless fewer innocent people murdered by the barbaric enemy we are fighting there. At a time when the al Qaeda network in Iraq is already under heavy stress thanks to American and Iraqi military operations, closing off the supply line through which al Qaeda in Iraq is armed with its most deadly weapons -- suicide bombers -- would be devastating to the terrorists' cause.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airport; alqaeda; alqaedainiraq; damascus; iraq; lieberman; middleeast; syria; terrorism; waronterror

1 posted on 08/19/2007 8:46:06 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah

Let me be the first:

BOMB IT!


2 posted on 08/19/2007 8:48:20 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie
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To: Uncle Miltie

I’ll second that emotion!


3 posted on 08/19/2007 8:53:14 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Once upon a time, when young and goofy, spent a few nighttime hours there, on a cheap ticket from London to Delhi. Even through my thick skull, it struck me then as a sinister place.


4 posted on 08/19/2007 9:06:50 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Ooh-Ah

Iran is the Daddy, Syria is the Mother, and Al Qaeda is their demonic offspring.


5 posted on 08/19/2007 9:22:54 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: Ooh-Ah

I’d say that the closed circuit tv cameras in the airport has taken the mug shot of EVERY TERRRORIST IN THE WORLD!!


6 posted on 08/19/2007 10:01:21 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: Ooh-Ah

If Gen. Petraeus’ report is anything close to what it’s rumored to be, Joe Lieberman will be a God.


7 posted on 08/20/2007 6:29:36 AM PDT by sono ("I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all those handshakes." Phil Rizzuto)
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To: SJackson; Alouette

PING


8 posted on 08/20/2007 7:29:37 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Uncle Miltie

Isaiah 17:1 - The burden of Damascus, it has been taken away from being a city it has become a ruinous heap.


9 posted on 08/20/2007 7:36:47 AM PDT by The Final Harvest (America: THE GREATEST NATION on the face of the earth!)
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To: sono

Of course old dishonest Joe doesn’t mention nancy Pelosi’s coddling of dictater Assad. Joe, you are in bed with those that wish to destroy our Nation.


10 posted on 08/20/2007 7:40:51 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: CyberAnt
Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world

11 posted on 08/20/2007 7:43:11 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: mallardx
According to Debka, Assad may have other concerns. Of course, it IS debka.
12 posted on 08/20/2007 8:29:58 AM PDT by sono ("I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all those handshakes." Phil Rizzuto)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Gee, Joe, you were in the Senate all that time. You don't suppose this should have been done three years ago or more?

Lieberman is useless. Maybe he's just trying to get the Nobel Prize For Obvious Statements.
13 posted on 08/20/2007 9:01:33 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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