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  • Down the Memory Hole (wanting missing video)

    05/11/2008 3:22:39 PM PDT · by dalight · 10 replies · 736+ views
    unknown | unknown
    Back in 2006 (I believe) a video was posted (I though on Hot Air) that explained the whole Iraq war strategy in a single 4 or 5 minute clip. I featured jihadi's rushing to Iraq because they felt it was the central battle of the War on Terror. And a Map explaining how Iraq was in the key strategic position in the Middle east bordering 6 other strategically important Mid-East States. I just can't recall enough to find it and I need it for a presentation.
  • IRAN'S BUSTED IRAQ BID (BASRA 'RISING' WAS TEHRAN'S OP)

    04/10/2008 12:52:27 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies · 125+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 10, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    April 10, 2008 -- A GAMBLE that proved too costly. That's how analysts in Tehran describe events last month in Basra. Iran's state-run media have de facto confirmed that this was no spontaneous "uprising." Rather, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to seize control of Iraq's second-largest city using local Shiite militias as a Trojan horse. Tehran's decision to make the gamble was based on three assumptions: * Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wouldn't have the courage to defend Basra at the risk of burning his bridges with the Islamic Republic in Iran. * The international force would be...
  • Most bombers in Iraq from abroad: report

    03/16/2008 10:45:02 PM PDT · by Clairity · 8 replies · 452+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | March 17, 2008 | AP
    SENT TO KILL: Saudi Arabia is the single largest source of suicide bombers, who are trained outside of Iraq and then dispatched to fill orders from al-Qaeda cells there. The summary went on to describe the majority of the fighters as having six to 12 years of schooling, with very few having gone to college. Most come from families in the poor or middle classes and have six to eight siblings. "In these large family groups, individuals seek ways to `make their mark,' to set them apart. In many ways, entering jihad gives sons a way to show themselves unique...
  • Saudis biggest group of al Qaeda Iraq fighters: study

    12/20/2007 5:42:26 AM PST · by milestogo · 15 replies · 82+ views
    Saudis biggest group of al Qaeda Iraq fighters: study By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most al Qaeda fighters in Iraq are from Saudi Arabia and Libya and many are university-aged students, said a study released on Wednesday by researchers at the U.S. Army's West Point military academy. The study was based on 606 personnel records collected by al Qaeda in Iraq and captured by coalition troops in October. It includes data on fighters who entered Iraq, largely through Syria, between August 2006 and August 2007. The researchers at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center found that 41 percent of the...
  • Saudis make up 41% of foreign fighters in Iraq

    11/23/2007 5:26:56 AM PST · by SubGeniusX · 41 replies · 135+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | Friday November 23, 2007 | Ian Black, Middle East editor
    More than 40% of the foreign fighters who entered Iraq to join the insurgency in the past year were citizens of Saudi Arabia, America's key partner in the Middle East, according to detailed information seized from a camp used by them. Documents and computers found by the US army at Sinjar, on the Iraqi-Syrian border, revealed that the other single largest group came from Libya, which is now being rehabilitated as a reliable western ally. [snip] US military officials believe that 90% of such bombings are by foreigners. The captured data has been described as an intelligence treasure trove that...
  • US forces arrest five Iranians - source

    11/12/2007 3:45:42 PM PST · by Dog · 28 replies · 71+ views
    kuna.net ^ | Nov 12 2007
    BAGHDAD, Nov 12 (KUNA) -- American forces have arrested five Iranians near Al-Khales town in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on Monday, an Iraqi security source said. The source, requesting anonymity, told KUNA the US troops, accompanied by support Iraqi forces, arrested the five Iranians after they made sure they entered Iraqi without passports thus illegally. The source did not elaborate, but US and Iraqi forces are frequently arresting Iranians entering the Iraqi territories illegally claiming they wanted to visit the shrines of the Shiites. Diyala is near the Iranian borders.
  • Troops Target Foreign Terrorist Networks in Iraq; 19 Suspects Detained

    11/09/2007 3:57:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 157+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2007 – Coalition forces wounded one suspected terrorist and detained 19 others today during operations to disrupt foreign terrorist networks in central Iraq. -- Southeast of Fallujah, coalition forces targeted an associate of an al Qaeda network responsible for insurgent activities in the region, including car-bomb and improvised-explosive-device attacks. As coalition forces arrived at the target building, they were engaged by two armed men. The ground force engaged and wounded one of the men. The second surrendered. -- Coalition forces conducted three coordinated operations south of Samarra targeting associates of an al Qaeda senior leader involved in...
  • US Forces Kill 25 Iranian-linked insurgents in Iraq Air Strikes

    10/05/2007 6:31:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies · 1,005+ views
    Yahoo/,AP ^ | October 05, 2007
    US Forces Kill 25 Iranian-linked insurgents in Iraq Air Strikes October 05, 2007 AFP Andrew Gully BAGHDAD -- A double US air strike near the Iraqi city of Baquba on Friday killed around 25 suspected Iranian-linked insurgents, the military said, but Iraqi officials said women and children were among the dead. A US military statement said the operations targeted an Iranian-linked commander believed to be smuggling weapons across the border from Iran, accused by the Americans of fuelling the sectarian conflict in Iraq. US aircraft killed an "estimated 25" insurgents and destroyed two houses after a heavy firefight near Baquba,...
  • Coalition Kills al Qaeda Leader Who Coordinated Foreign Terrorists in Iraq (Another One Down!)

    09/28/2007 5:49:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 91+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2007 – A top al Qaeda leader who coordinated efforts of foreign terrorists in Iraq was killed this week, a senior official in the region announced today. (Video) A photo released by Multinational Corps Iraq officials of foreign al Qaeda leader Abu Usama al-Tunisi, who was killed Sept. 25 in an air strike on a building south of Baghdad. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Abu Usama al-Tunisi, a foreigner who brought al Qaeda terrorists into Iraq, was killed Sept. 25 in an air strike on a building south of Baghdad where he was...
  • Fewer Foreigners Crossing Into Iraq From Syria to Fight(fewer Al Qaeda attacks, too)

    09/15/2007 8:38:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 904+ views
    WP ^ | 09/15/07 | Karen DeYoung
    Fewer Foreigners Crossing Into Iraq From Syria to Fight Drop Parallels Dip in Al-Qaeda Attacks By Karen DeYoung Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, September 16, 2007; Page A19 The number of foreign fighters entering Iraq from Syria has decreased noticeably in recent months, corresponding to a similar decrease in suicide bombings and other attacks by the group al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials. "There is an early indication of a trend," said Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, in an interview. Border crossings from Syria that averaged 80 to 90 a month have...
  • Iraq as Qaeda Bait

    09/12/2007 4:19:59 AM PDT · by Renfield · 33 replies · 993+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9-12-07 | James Lewis
    The Left thinks Iraq is a killing field for Americans. Actually, it is a killing field for our enemies, at a very great but vitally important sacrifice. That reflects a grand strategy, tailored to the peculiar nature of the global terror threat. You don't shoot poisonous fire-ants with a BB gun; you just set an ant trap. Ant colonies are highly "distributed" biological societies, much like the world-wide web. They can't be killed with a BB or a pressure hose; even pouring flaming gasoline on an ant hill won't work. Instead, you destroy ant colonies by attracting hungry ants to...
  • The Bombers: A Breakdown Names and nationalities of known suicide bombers in Iraq

    08/14/2007 10:01:12 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 42 replies · 1,671+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug 2, 2007
    This list contains the names and countries of 139 suicide bombers in Iraq. The bombers came from the following countries: Saudi Arabia (53), Iraq (18), Italy (8), Syria (8), Kuwait (7), Jordan (4), Libya (3), Egypt (3), Tunisia (3), Turkey (3), Belgium (2), France (2), Spain (2), Yemen (3), Lebanon (1), Morocco (1), Britain (1), Bengal (1), Sudan (1) and Unknown (18). (Source: Adapted from "Suicide Bombers in Iraq" by Mohammed M. Hafez) (Go to link to see list)
  • Many foreign fighters in Iraq are Saudis, U.S. military says

    07/15/2007 10:20:45 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 22 replies · 1,405+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jul. 15, 2007 | Ned Parker
    Sunni extremists from Saudi Arabia make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq, many suicide bombers, a U.S. official says. BAGHDAD — Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers. About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North...
  • Tehran's Blood-soaked Hands

    07/11/2007 7:43:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 584+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 11, 2007
    Tehran's Blood-soaked Hands July 11, 2007 The Washington Times As American and Iraqi casualties mount, U.S. military commanders have become increasingly willing to criticize Tehran's role in fueling the violence in Iraq — something senators would do well to bear in mind this week while going on about the need to withdraw or "redeploy" American troops there. According to Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, Tehran had a direct role in a Jan. 20 attack on the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center in which five American soldiers were killed — four of them murdered after being abducted by Iranian-backed radicals who wore...
  • Armed men crossed into Afghanistan from Iran: Police

    06/25/2007 6:38:27 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 74 replies · 4,671+ views
    PAK TRIBUNE ^ | 20 Jun 07 | Unknown
    HERAT: More than 20 armed men crossed the border from Iran into Afghanistan and entered a town, a police commander said in the first such blunt claim by a high-ranking Afghan official. Colonel Rahmatullah Safi - police commander in the three western provinces of Farah, Badghis and Herat - said according to intelligence information, the group of armed militants crossed the border Monday in Farah's Anardara district. "Two pickup trucks with over 20 armed people riding in them crossed the border from Iran to Afghanistan," Safi said in his Border Police headquarters, 15 km outside Herat city. He said according...
  • General: Iran meddling increasing in Iraq_(... on and on)

    06/25/2007 5:28:34 PM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 408+ views
    upi ^ | 6/25/07 | upi
    WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Iranian involvement in fomenting instability in Iraq is said to be increasing, and is not limited to providing sophisticated roadside bombs and armaments. U.S. forces in Iraq have captured a small number of extremists who have been trained recently in Iran in mortar and rocket operations, according to a top U.S. commander.
  • Iranian forces crossed Iraqi border: report

    06/25/2007 4:59:23 PM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 224 replies · 8,116+ views
    AFP ^ | 06/25/07
    Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces have been spotted by British troops crossing the border into southern Iraq, The Sun tabloid reported on Tuesday. Britain's defence ministry would not confirm or deny the report, with a spokesman declining to comment on "intelligence matters". An unidentified intelligence source told the tabloid: "It is an extremely alarming development and raises the stakes considerably. In effect, it means we are in a full on war with Iran -- but nobody has officially declared it." "We have hard proof that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps have crossed the border to attack us. It is very hard...
  • Suspect in Iraq Shrine Bombing Captured

    06/28/2006 4:12:09 AM PDT · by Cap Huff · 48 replies · 1,175+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 28, 2006 | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces have captured a key al-Qaida suspect wanted in the bombing of a Shiite shrine that brought the country to the brink of civil war, the country's national security adviser said Wednesday. The official identified the arrested man as Yousri Fakher Mohammed Ali, a Tunisian also known as Abu Qudama. The national security chief said Abu Qudama was seriously wounded in a clash with security forces north of Baghdad few days ago. Fifteen other foreign fighters were killed in the confrontation, he said. Mouwafak al-Rubaie said the ringleader in the operation, an Iraqi he identified...
  • The Taliban are coming back to the front-(thousands infiltrating from south of Pakistan)

    06/22/2006 8:03:01 PM PDT · by Flavius · 21 replies · 979+ views
    the news ^ | 6/21/06 | By James Rupert
    The Taliban are coming back to the front By James Rupert The United States and its allies have been forced to launch their biggest military operation of the war in Afghanistan because in the 55 months since ousting the Taliban movement from power, they neglected to establish minimal security or governance in the country’s south, analysts say. That failure has let the Taliban walk back in through an open door, say Afghan and foreign officials in Kabul and the southern city of Kandahar. Afghan officials estimate thousands of Taliban guerrillas, many recently infiltrated from Pakistan, are in the five southernmost...
  • Foreign fighters flood into Afghanistan

    01/13/2006 1:51:23 PM PST · by Flavius · 20 replies · 727+ views
    scotsman ^ | Fri 13 Jan 2006 | TIM RIPLEY
    HUNDREDS of foreign Islamic fighters are gathering in Afghanistan ahead of the deployment of 4,000 British troops to the country in the spring. British intelligence sources have told The Scotsman Islamic radicals sympathetic to al-Qaeda see Afghanistan as their new frontline and are starting to shift the focus of their anti-western campaign from Iraq. The fighters, including Jordanians, Yemenis, Egyptians and Gulf Arabs, stepped up their campaign two months ago with a series of suicide bombings against NATO peacekeepers, United States troops and Afghan government leaders. "Attacks in Afghanistan are now running at more than 500 a month - it's...
  • Saudi TV: New weapon against extremism

    12/04/2005 10:02:41 AM PST · by Valin · 22 replies · 565+ views
    Saudi state-run Channel One TV broadcasted the first episode of a new series aimed at dissuading young Saudis from following in the footsteps of many of their contemporaries to join the jihad (holy war) earlier this week. “Jihad Experiences, the Deceit” is a five part series which will tell the stories of several young Saudis who left to Iraq to fight alongside Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Zayd Asfan, Abdullah Khoja and Walid Khan narrated their journey from ordinary Saudi youth to mujahideen and discussed the recruitment and brainwashing techniques used by al Qaeda. At the end of the program, Channel...
  • 10 insurgents from Iran arrested in Iraq - TV

    10/16/2005 8:25:36 AM PDT · by Wiz · 12 replies · 679+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 2005 Oct 16
    Ten Iranian agents have been arrested in Iraq, according to an Iraqi television channel. The agents were arrested along with 88 other insurgents, al-Diyar reported on Thursday, quoting the Iraqi Interior Ministry. The ten Iranians had entered Iraq illegally, the report added.
  • One thousand foreign fighters in Iraq

    10/02/2005 10:34:07 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 16 replies · 661+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Oct. 2, 2005
    Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jaber reportedly said Sunday there were 1,000 foreign fighters in his country. Jordan's al-Arab al-Yawm daily quoted Jaber as saying al-Qaida organization in Iraq, led by Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was planning to "transfer its war from Iraq to neighboring countries." The minister added the Iraqi authorities seized a letter from Abu Azzam, al-Qaida's second-in-command who was killed in Iraq last month, to al-Zarqawi, in which he called for moving the foreign fighters from Iraq to neighboring countries to avoid a possible blow and setback in Iraq. Jaber said he believed that "terrorism will move to...
  • US Army arrests Tunisian terror suspect in Iraq

    09/24/2005 8:32:20 AM PDT · by Wiz · 3 replies · 324+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | 2005 Sep 23
    Print Preview US Army arrests Tunisian terror suspect in Iraq MIL-IRAQ-SUSPECT-ARREST US Army arrests Tunisian terror suspect in Iraq BAGHDAD, Sept 23 (KUNA) -- The US army announced on Friday that a crackdown operation in the northern city of Mosul has ended up in the arrest of a terror suspect holding a Tunisian citizenship. A statement by the Multi National Forces (MNF) in Iraq, a copy of which was received by KUNA, said the terror suspect Yusef Noureldein, also known as Ali Mabrouk and Abu-Muhammad, had been arrested on September 17. The suspect has confessed to having been recruited at...
  • The 'myth' of Iraq's foreign fighters

    09/23/2005 9:23:05 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 33 replies · 1,065+ views
    CSM ^ | September 23, 2005 | Tom Regan
    The US and Iraqi governments have vastly overstated the number of foreign fighters in Iraq, and most of them don't come from Saudi Arabia, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS). According to a piece in The Guardian, this means the US and Iraq "feed the myth" that foreign fighters are the backbone of the insurgency. While the foreign fighters may stoke the incurgency flames, they only comprise only about 4 to 10 percent of the estimated 30,000 insurgents.
  • Iraq invasion radicalised Saudi fighters

    09/18/2005 7:43:32 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 27 replies · 568+ views
    RIYADH, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Saudi fighters who joined the insurgency in Iraq showed few signs of militancy before the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, according to a detailed study based on Saudi intelligence reports. Most were motivated by "revulsion at the idea of an Arab land being occupied by a non-Arab country". The study by Middle East analyst Anthony Cordesman and Saudi security adviser Nawaf Obaid may offer further fuel to critics who say that instead of weakening al Qaeda, the 2003 invasion of Iraq brought fresh recruits to Osama bin Laden's network. It said Saudi Arabia...
  • Iraqi Military Reports Arrest of 200 Insurgents in Tal Afar, Mostly Foreign Fighters

    09/08/2005 3:38:54 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 27 replies · 840+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/08/05 | JACOB SILBERBERG, Associated Press Writer
    TAL AFAR,Iraq -- U.S. and Iraqi forces have encircled the insurgent stronghold of Tal Afar, and Iraqi authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of 200 suspected insurgents there _ most of them foreign fighters. The Iraqi military said 150 of those arrested Wednesday in this town near the Syrian border were Arabs from Syria, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan. The joint forces have reported heavy battles on the outskirts of the city and several deadly bombings that have mainly killed civilians. Iraqi authorities reported most of the civilian population had fled the city, which is 260 miles north of Baghdad and...
  • Foreign fighter safehouse destroyed [Used as an operational headquarters]

    09/07/2005 9:48:41 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | Sept. 6, 2005 | MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS-IRAQ
    Release A050906b BAGHDAD , Iraq -- Elements from Multi-National Forces detained three foreign fighters and killed two others during a raid on a foreign fighter safehouse in the Karabilah area Sept. 6. Upon arrival at the location, Multi-National Forces were engaged by the foreign fighters occupying the safe house. Multi-National Forces personnel returned fire and assaulted the building, suffering one friendly casualty when a Multi-National Force Soldier was wounded. After evacuating the wounded personnel to a local field hospital, Multi-National Forces called in Coalition close air support and destroyed the foreign fighter safe house which was being used as an...
  • Flypaper Swatted

    07/12/2005 6:37:33 AM PDT · by JohnnyLawrence4U · 3 replies · 337+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 7.12.2005 | Gregory Scoblete
    One of the many casualties of July 7th terrorist massacre in London is the argument that the conflict in Iraq serves to draw Islamic terrorists away from Western civilian targets toward U.S. military targets in Iraq. The so-called "flypaper theory" has always been the weakest arguments deployed on the war's behalf and the sooner it is interned, the better. (Full disclosure: I am supporter of the war and reconstruction of Iraq.) The flypaper theory held that one of the key benefits of the Iraq war was the establishment of a battlefield more to our advantage. The presence of such a...
  • Arianna Huffington: London: Bush’s “Flypaper Theory” is Blown to Pieces

    07/08/2005 8:24:00 AM PDT · by GPBurdell · 173 replies · 3,997+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/8/05 | Arianna Huffington
    Arianna Huffington: London: Bush’s “Flypaper Theory” is Blown to Pieces Arianna HuffingtonFri Jul 8, 1:30 AM ET Well, there goes that theory... Odds are we probably won’t be hearing for a while the Bush mantra that the reason we're fighting them over in Iraq is so we don't have to fight them here at home. For the last few months, this ludicrous shibboleth has been the president’s go-to line -- his latest rationale for slogging on in Iraq. Here he was on July 4th: "We're taking the fight to the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them...
  • Iraq suicide attackers mainly foreign, say Americans

    07/01/2005 7:06:55 AM PDT · by Wiz · 4 replies · 321+ views
    news.scotsman.com ^ | 2005 Jul 1
    THE vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be foreigners - mostly Saudis and other Arabs from the Gulf, according to US and Iraqi officials. They say the trend has become more pronounced this year with North Africans also streaming in to carry out deadly missions The bombers are recruited from Sunni communities, smuggled into Iraq from Syria after religious indoctrination, and then quickly bundled into cars or strapped with explosive vests and sent to their deaths, the officials said. The young men are not so much fighters as human bombs - a relatively small, but deadly...
  • Several Saudis trespassers entered Iraq via Syria arrested

    06/27/2005 7:17:12 PM PDT · by Wiz · 8 replies · 251+ views
    Al Sabaah ^ | 2005 Jun 26
    The Interior Minister Baqar Soloagh Jober has announced recently that the 2nd borders forces were arrested two elements carried the Saudi ID during their attempting to trespass into Iraqi territories illegally via Syrian borders.In an exclusive statement to as-Sabah newspaper he said that the primary investigations with these two trespassers had discovered their intention to implement terrorist acts in several areas in Iraq.
  • Saudis handed over by Syria questioned

    05/30/2005 8:56:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 402+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/30/05 | AP - Riyadh
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Syrian authorities, under heavy American pressure to prevent foreign fighters from crossing into Iraq, have extradited more than 30 Saudis who may have sought to join the Iraqi insurgency, officials said Monday. Also Monday, the head of Syria's state-run television urged Damascus to require entry visas to safeguard Syrian security. Syria does not currently require entry visas for citizens of Arab countries, making it both an attractive holiday destination and an easier route for Arab foreign fighters. This policy, Diana Jabbour wrote in an editorial published in the Al-Thawra government newspaper, can attract "fugitives and...
  • Saudi ‘martyrs’ fuel Iraq’s insurgency

    05/14/2005 9:46:21 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies · 595+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 14, 2005 | By Susan B. Glasser
    Before Hadi bin Mubarak Qahtani exploded himself into an anonymous fireball, he was young and interested only in "fooling around." Like many Saudis, he was said to have experienced a religious awakening after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and dedicated himself to Allah, inspired by "the holy attack that demolished the foolish infidel Americans and caused many young men to awaken from their deep sleep," according to a posting on a jihadist Web site
  • 'They Came Here to Die'

    05/10/2005 10:05:54 PM PDT · by saquin · 46 replies · 1,472+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/11/05 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    JARAMI, Iraq, May 10 -- Screaming "Allahu Akbar'' to the end, the foreign fighters lay on their backs in a narrow crawl space under a house and blasted their machine guns up through the concrete floor with bullets designed to penetrate tanks. They fired at U.S. Marines, driving back wave after wave as the Americans tried to retrieve a fallen comrade. [...] The Marines got their fallen man, suffering one more dead and at least five wounded in the process. And according to survivors of the battle, the foreign fighters near the Syrian border proved to be everything their reputation...
  • Wash Post: Iraq War Kept US Safe

    05/01/2005 12:54:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 1,712+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/1/05 | Carl Limbacher
    In a stunning admission, the Washington Post said Sunday that President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq deserves at least some of the credit for the fact that terrorists have not been able to launch another 9/11-style strike against America. "A broad cross section of counterterrorism officials believes al Qaeda and like-minded groups, in part frustrated by increased U.S. security measures, are focusing instead on Americans deployed in Iraq," the paper said, "where the groups operate with relative impunity." Bush administration officials have long argued that taking the war to the terrorists' doorstep was the best way of...
  • Iraq Suicide Bombers Are Mostly Foreigners, Official Says

    04/21/2005 3:48:48 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 12 replies · 477+ views
    American Forces Information Services ^ | April 15, 2005 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    “The sense is that many of the suicide bombers are in fact foreign jihadists, not Iraqis, for the most part,” the official said, speaking to reporters on background. “The ones that we’ve gotten our hands on are certainly foreigners,” he pointed out. Foreign insurgents operating in Iraq seem to be coming from about 25 countries, the official noted. The majority, he observed, are from Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, U.S. military analysts in Iraq “don’t see that foreign fighters have become a significant force in the insurgency,” the official noted. Out of about 10,000 detainees now being held in...
  • Pakistanis held in Iraq with explosives

    03/27/2005 7:51:49 AM PST · by milestogo · 5 replies · 456+ views
    Pakistanis held in Iraq with explosives BAGHDAD, March 26: Iraqi forces said on Saturday that they had arrested 120 suspects, including foreign Arabs, Pakistanis and Afghans, on suspicion of planning attacks against the country's Shia community. A source at the defence ministry said the suspects were arrested during a raid in Jurf al-Sakhr, about 60km south of Baghdad. "We found explosive devices and materials, booby-trapped cars and compact discs showing beheadings," said the source, who did not wish to be identified. He said preliminary interrogation of the suspects had revealed that they had a list of clerics targeted for assassination...
  • Iraqi government arrests Iranian terrorist cell leader

    02/20/2005 7:37:06 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 449+ views
    BAGHDAD, Feb 20 (KUNA) -- An Iranian national was arrested in Iraq on charges of smuggling foreign fighters and weapons into Iraq, the interim government said Sunday. Jaafar Sadeq Fetteh, also charged with sending Iraqis abroad to receive military training, was arrested near Balad Rose governorate last Thursday, the government said in a statement. It added the 45-year-old Fetteh was the leader of a "big terrorist cell" consisting of 100 persons. The cell members work on smuggling foreign fighters and weapons inside Iraq, as well as sending Iraqis outside the country to receive training to carry out "terrorist attacks" against...
  • Confessions of a Saudi Militant in Iraq

    02/20/2005 1:21:39 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 1,344+ views
    LA Times via NY Newsday ^ | 2/19/05 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    BAGHDAD — "Please, please," the young Saudi appeals in a whisper, "don't turn me over to the Americans." His face is charred and blistered. His head and arms are enveloped in gauze. Each word seems to beget pain. His haunted eyes dart about, his only noticeable movements. He is here to repent, under the stern guidance of an Iraqi intelligence agent. The setting is an anonymous office in the heavily barricaded Iraqi Interior Ministry. So what does he think now of "Sheik" Osama bin Laden, the interrogator asks? "He kills Muslims," the Saudi murmurs, his lips barely moving. And Abu...
  • In Europe, New Force for Recruiting Radicals

    02/17/2005 9:04:52 PM PST · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 355+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2005 | Craig Whitlock
    Ansar al-Islam Emerges as Primary Extremist Group Funneling Fighters Into Iraq Copenhagen – When robbers stole more than $300,000 from an armored car here in 1997, investigators were taken aback by the size and brazenness of the heist. But they really became alarmed when they discovered that one of the culprits had been under surveillance as a suspected Islamic extremist. That man, Mustapha Darwich Ramadan, was arrested shortly before he planned to flee Copenhagen on a flight to Amman, Jordan, police said. He was convicted of robbery and served 3 1/2 years in prison. After his release in June 2001,...
  • Americans Hold 3 French Fighters in Iraq

    02/04/2005 11:24:56 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 53 replies · 1,504+ views
    PARIS (Reuters) - France said Friday U.S. forces were holding three Frenchmen captured fighting with insurgents in Iraq (news - web sites) last November, handing Paris a diplomatic headache on the eve of a visit by the new U.S. secretary of state. Paris is in touch with Baghdad about the fate of its three nationals, who were detained by a U.S. patrol during fighting in the city of Falluja 30 miles west of Baghdad, Foreign Ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous said. "I can confirm that we are aware of the existence of these three people of French nationality who are being...
  • FRENCH INSURGENTS IN IRAQ CONCERN OFFICIAL

    01/27/2005 1:43:09 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 16 replies · 506+ views
    PARIS - French militants who travel to Iraq (news - web sites) to fight in the insurgency against U.S.-led forces could strike terror elsewhere, including France, the defense minister warned Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. The warning followed the detention this week of 11 people in Paris as France's domestic counterterrorism agency moved to break up a network suspected of seeking to funnel young French Muslims to Iraq. Ten suspects remain in custody; one woman was released Wednesday. French officials have said the arrests were aimed partly at ensuring that suspected would-be militants do not receive combat...
  • Elite Iranian agent arrested in Iraq (Surprise, Surprise)

    01/22/2005 1:54:31 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 173 replies · 6,737+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 22, 2005 | Aaron Klein
    An agent of Iran's prestigious Jerusalem Force was arrested in Iraq carrying money and planning attacks against U.S. troops, sources said. U.S. Coalition forces arrested members of an underground armed group operating in Iraq's eastern Diyala province Thursday. Among them was a senior member of the Jerusalem Force carrying $150,000 in cash, said the sources.
  • Iraqi Forces Detain 45 Crossing From Iran

    12/19/2004 6:46:59 AM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 4 replies · 437+ views
    AP News via My Way.Com ^ | December 19, 2004 | Paul Garwood
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi police detained 45 men who illegally entered the country from neighboring Iran, and American troops said Sunday they captured eight Iraqis fleeing the scene of a roadside bombing. Also, insurgents claiming to represent three Iraqi militant groups issued a videotape saying they had abducted 10 Iraqis working for an American security and reconstruction company. The 45 detainees were captured Saturday at Mandali, on the Iranian border 60 miles east of Baghdad, police said. They had no identity documents but claimed to be Muslim pilgrims from Iran, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. They ranged in age from early...
  • AP Interview: European, Arab Radicals Being Trained in Iraqi Camps

    12/14/2004 6:56:24 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2004 | Raf Casert
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Radical youths from Europe and the Arab world are being trained in Iraq, Europe's anti-terror chief said Tuesday, warning that such clandestine camps could multiply in unstable or failed states anywhere in the world. "There are some who have gone to Iraq, as indeed there have been youngsters from outside Europe, from Arab countries, who have gone there to receive military training," EU counterterrorism coordinator Gijs de Vries said in an interview with The Associated Press. De Vries refused to elaborate on the specifics, such as the numbers or countries of origin of those training in...
  • All aboard the terrorists' bus to Iraq [from Syria]

    12/01/2004 6:33:04 PM PST · by aculeus · 31 replies · 1,950+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 2, 2004 | By Jack Fairweather in Damascus
    When not in Iraq, Abdullah cuts meat for a living. He is a Syrian cook at the Kingdom of God restaurant in Damascus, in a bustling suburb dominated by Iraqi exiles. For the past year, Abdullah has also been on the payroll of Iraqi resistance forces fighting American troops. Like many Syrians, he is convinced that his country will be invaded next and that it is only by keeping the US bogged down in Iraq that Syria will be spared. "All we know is that Syria is the next station in the American plan. The Americans are all Jews and...
  • Mosques sending fighters to Iraq

    12/01/2004 6:36:58 PM PST · by Snapple · 28 replies · 902+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12-2-04 | Jack Fairweather
    A network of Syrian mosques is sending men, money and weapons to Iraq, fuelling the insurgency. An investigation by the Telegraph has shown that Arab volunteers are streaming across the border despite Damascus government claims that it is curbing cross-border terrorism.
  • French-Arab Slum Youths Joined Insurgency

    11/26/2004 7:40:35 AM PST · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 534+ views
    AP ^ | 11/25/04 | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
    French-Arab Slum Youths Joined Insurgency SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press PARIS - The two teenage friends hardly seemed like Islamic radicals. They smoked marijuana, drank beer, listened to rap and wore jeans. Yet the pair of French Muslims died insurgents in Iraq - one a suicide car bomber, say relatives who traced the young men's path from the slums of Paris through a religious school in Syria to the fight against the U.S.-led coalition next door. Like many young Muslims here, Abdelhalim Badjoudj and Redouane el-Hakim didn't have jobs, and relatives and friends say they grew more alienated in recent years,...
  • French Terrorists Fighting U.S. in Iraq

    11/21/2004 9:49:34 AM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 1,023+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/21/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Terrorists battling U.S. troops in places like Fallujah, Mosul and Ramadi include Abu Musab al Zarqawi's mass murderers, holdouts from Saddam's Baathist regime, Iranian sympathizers - and a handful of French nationals. "Authorities estimate that around a dozen Frenchmen of North African or Arab background have traveled to Iraq to join the insurgency," reports the BBC. While the French army has yet to spill a drop of blood in the cause of liberating Iraq, three Frenchmen have been killed in recent months while fighting side-by-side with terrorists against the U.S. Officials told the BBC that the men probably traveled to...