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  • Suicide recruits dropping in Iraq

    06/11/2008 6:49:19 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 12 replies · 115+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/11/08 | Rowan Scarborough
    The United States is seeing a sharp drop in the number of foreigners entering Iraq to become al Qaeda suicide bombers, according to intelligence and Bush administration sources. An administration official and a military adviser to Iraqi commanders attribute the decline to a fairly new phenomenon: Al Qaeda's call for mass killings in the name of Islam is losing some of its appeal with young Arabs in North Africa and Saudi Arabia, where most of the bombers originate. The decline also parallels the battlefield losses al Qaeda has suffered in the past 12 months in Iraq's Anbar province and the...
  • Two Testimonies by Young Men Who Went to Wage Jihad in Iraq

    12/07/2007 7:27:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 95+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 12-7-07
     Two Testimonies by Young Men Who Went to Wage Jihad in Iraq Two testimonies by young men who went to Iraq to wage jihad were published recently. In the first testimony, a young Saudi named Ahmad bin 'Abdallah Al-Shayi' said that he regretted his actions, and accused Al-Qaeda of exploiting young men by tempting them to join the organization and then sending them to carry out martyrdom operations. He warned all young men, and Muslims in general, to learn from his mistake, and not to join the jihad in Iraq or in other regions of conflict. The second testimony...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bin Laden wants 'caravan' of martyrs

    09/11/2007 6:24:57 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 40 replies · 1,132+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 11, 2007 | LEE KEATH
    Osama bin Laden urged sympathizers to join the "caravan" of martyrs as he praised one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers in a new video that emerged Tuesday to mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Al-Qaida traditionally issues a video every year on the anniversary, with the last testament of one of the 19 hijackers involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This year's video showed hijacker Waleed al-Shehri addressing the camera and warning the U.S.: "We shall come at you from your front and back, your right and left." The new...
  • Big News: Iraqis in US Protest AGAINST Islamic Terrorism

    08/26/2007 7:57:04 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 13 replies · 795+ views
    TEHRAN, Aug 25 (MNA)-- Hundreds of Iraqis residing in the U.S. converged in the front of the Saudi embassy in Washington on Friday condemning Riyadh’s policy towards Iraq, Sotaliraq said on its website. With slogans “Down with Terrorism” and “Shia and Sunni Should Unite in Iraq,” demonstrators called for the immediate halt to Saudi support for terrorism in Iraq and the issuance of “takfiri” religious decrees (fatwas) by Saudi scholars. Nazar Heydar, the director of Iraq information center in Washington and a member of the international center for campaign against terrorism, said “by this demonstration we meant to draw the...
  • British brigade of Islamists join Al-Qaeda foreign legion in Iraq

    06/03/2006 6:17:14 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 19 replies · 751+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 6/4/2006 | David Leppard
    The Sunday Times June 04, 2006 British brigade of Islamists join Al-Qaeda foreign legion in Iraq David Leppard UP TO 150 Islamic radicals have travelled from Britain to Iraq to join up with a “British brigade” that has been established by Al-Qaeda leaders to fight coalition forces. Senior security sources say leaders of the Iraqi insurgency have set up a “foreign legion” composed entirely of westerners to fight alongside the insurgents in the war against British and American forces. Some are preparing to carry out suicide attacks while others have received basic combat training for attacks on western troops The...
  • German Women Vowed to Mount Suicide Attacks in Iraq

    05/30/2006 2:16:27 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 43 replies · 1,351+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | May 30 2006 | Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark
    German authorities may have thwarted suicide bomb attacks in Iraq by German women. According to intelligence sources, three women were prevented from travelling to Iraq after one of them had announced she planned to blow herself up in Iraq. SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that German intelligence agencies have prevented three German women from travelling to Iraq in recent weeks. The women, who have close contacts to the Islamist scene in Germany and at least one whom has converted to Islam, came to the attention of intelligence agencies after one of them had announced on an Internet site that she intended...
  • Iraqi paper claims Iranians fighting there

    05/10/2006 12:24:20 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 18 replies · 409+ views
    UPI ^ | May 10 2006
    An Iraqi daily is claiming that a "staggeringly high" proportion of foreign jihadis arrested in Iraq are Iranian. al-Taji, a newspaper with close connections to the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani, noted that 1,577 of the 1,972 jihadis arrested since last May were Iranians. Al-Taji, quoting a commander of the Iraqi border guard speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the other foreign militants arrested included nine Nigerians, four Indians, 364 Afghanis, two Pakistanis and one Russian citizen from Dagestan in the northern Caucasus. The Bush administration has consistently maintained that Iran is covertly sending fighters into neighboring Iraq, a...
  • Rumsfeld: Iranian revolutionary forces are infiltrating Iraq.

    03/07/2006 4:05:23 PM PST · by strategofr · 10 replies · 311+ views
    debka ^ | March 7, 2006, 10:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Rumsfeld: Iranian revolutionary forces are infiltrating Iraq. They will find this to be an “error of judgment. ”Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld to rejected suggestions Iraq was in civil war, accusing the media of exaggerating the violence. But he acknowledged that the 22 February attack on the Shiite mosque had delayed efforts to form a national unity government. The ruling Shiite alliance asked President Jabal Talabani to push off opening parliament next Sunday to allow more time to resolve a stalemate over formation of a national unity government. Kurdish and Sunni Muslim politicians refuse to...
  • Coalition Forces In Iraq Be Warned –Iranian Martyr Forces on Alert to Move In

    03/04/2006 4:55:55 PM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies · 584+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 3-4-06
    Iranian Martyr Recruitment Website: Coalition Forces In Iraq Be Warned –Iranian Martyr Forces on Alert to Move In The Iranian reformist Internet daily Rooz reported on March 2, 2006 that "the Iranian martyrdom-seeking [i.e. suicide] forces have launched a website, http://www.esteshhad.com/index.php , called 'To Die as a Martyr,' [1] and have declared an alert among the Iranian martyrdom-seeking forces." The following are excerpts from the Rooz report: [2] "Thousands of Young Martyrdom-Seeking Iranians are Counting the Minutes Until They Can Give Their Souls" "The website of the Iranian martyrdom-seekers began its operations by declaring an alert amongst the Iranian martyrdom...
  • Syrian Insurgents Captured in Iraqi Army raid, Ar Ramadi

    02/02/2006 7:49:14 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 29 replies · 1,435+ views
    USMC ^ | Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Soldiers with 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division conducted a targeted raid in Ar Ramadi against a foreign insurgent cell suspected of operating in the provincial capital. The intelligence attained by the Iraqi soldiers led to the capture of 15 suspected insurgents, 11 of which are identified as Syrian nationals and the remaining four as Iraqis. The raid took place at a factory in the Tameem district of Ramadi at about 1 p.m. today. The foreign insurgents surrendered to the Iraqi soldiers and were taken for further questioning; 36 AK-47 assault rifles were also taken in...
  • Jordanian Researcher: Terrorist Leader Al-Zarqawi May be Using Women Martyrs to Goad Muslim Men

    12/04/2005 1:49:24 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 15 replies · 622+ views
    Newsweek ^ | December 12 2005
    Until recently, many analysts in American government agencies saw the threat of women suicide bombers as a largely theoretical problem. Their best judgment was that "Al Qaeda Central" -- the close-knit organization around Osama bin Laden and ideologue Ayman Al-Zawahiri -- would resist any effort to use women as homicidal martyrs. What changed? The simplest answer is that Al Qaeda's core organization in Afghanistan and Pakistan and its avant-garde in Iraq need more recruits. Jordanian researcher Hassan Abu Hanieh, who knew Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi personally, says the terrorist leader is goading Muslim men. Before the attacks by women began, a...
  • 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...
  • FEATURE-In Lebanon, Arab fighters are ready to die in Iraq

    11/27/2005 6:35:01 PM PST · by Flavius · 11 replies · 438+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 28 Nov 2005 | Ayat Basma
    AIN EL-HILWEH, Lebanon, Nov 28 (Reuters) - On a quiet autumn night, a mosque loudspeaker shatters the silence in this poor Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. "With all pride and grace, we announce to you the martyrdom of our mujahideen brothers Mohamed Ahmed al-Kurdi and Nidal Hussein Mustafa in the battlefields of jihad in Iraq," the speaker blares across the narrow streets of Ain el-Hilweh. The deaths brought to three the number of residents from the camp killed in Iraq in November alone, making a total of five in the past four months. Arab fighters have played a key role...
  • 21 Iranians arrested in Iraq

    10/29/2005 8:20:28 AM PDT · by Wiz · 11 replies · 414+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 2005 Oct 29
    Baghdad, Oct. 29 – More than 20 Iranians attempting to cross into Iraq illegally were arrested near the border, according to an Iraqi television channel. A report aired by the al-Sharqiya TV on Thursday said that Iraqi security forces in the eastern province of Diyala had “arrested 21 Iranian nationals penetrating Iraqi soil in the border city of Mandali”. It reported that an official who had asked not to be identified by name said, “The elements that have infiltrated Iraq are enjoying the support of Iran's Revolutionary Guards”.
  • Foreign Fighters Captured in Iraq Come From 27, Mostly Arab, Lands

    10/20/2005 9:20:36 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 27 replies · 1,010+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 21 2005 | DEXTER FILKINS
    Some 312 foreign nationals, including one American, have been captured while taking part in the insurgency in Iraq since April of this year, a senior American military commander said Thursday. Gen. Rick Lynch, the spokesman for American forces, said most of the foreigners captured were from Egypt, where 78 prisoners were from; followed by Syria, with 66; Sudan, 41; and Saudi Arabia, with 32. The rest of the detainees come from 23 different countries, most of them predominantly Muslim nations, but also some European ones like Britain, Denmark, France and Ireland. The American in custody, they said, was of Arab...
  • Iraq says Zarqawi sending some militants back home

    10/02/2005 8:15:08 AM PDT · by Valin · 21 replies · 814+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/2/05 | Suleiman al-Khalidi
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Foreign al Qaeda militants waging a campaign of suicide car bombings in Iraq plan to send some fighters home in preparation for similar operations in their own countries, the Iraqi interior minister said on Sunday. Interior Minister Bayan Jabor said documents found with Abu Azzam, said to be a lieutenant of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, signalled a plan to send foreign Arab Sunni militants back home to widen the battlefield beyond Iraq. "We got hold of a very important letter from Abu Azzam to Zarqawi asking him to begin to move a...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Jordan says Iraq-bound militants train in Syria

    07/15/2005 7:54:12 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 4 replies · 298+ views
    Reuters ^ | Suleiman al-Khalidi
    AMMAN, July 15 (Reuters) - Muslim militants are increasingly using Syria as a clandestine haven for fighters heading to Iraq, Jordanian officials said on Friday, adding that they had no proof the Damascus government condoned such activities. Security officials in U.S. ally Jordan said interrogations of 12 Jordanian militants arrested this year had revealed links with Syrian Islamists promoting jihad (holy war) in Iraq. "We are finding that many of these people are getting help from Syrian Islamist radicals who are helping them to undergo training and (get) financing and even equipment like explosives detonators they smuggle back to Jordan...
  • Iran suspected of backing new suicide attacks

    07/13/2005 2:47:29 PM PDT · by Wiz · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Washington Times via KBU News ^ | 2005 Jul 12 | Nicholas Birch
    SULAYMANIYAH, Iraqi Kurdistan - "A series of suicide bombings in previously peaceful South Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan) has aroused suspicions that elements of the Iranian regime are backing efforts to destabilize the region." writes The Washington Times. "Before then, Tehran was keen to see the Kurds cooperate with the [Iraqi] Shi’ite parties," he said. "Now that the Shi’ites are on top, Iran is doing its best to weaken the Kurdish wing in parliament. Bomb attacks up here are an ideal distraction." said a Kurdish official. At least 85 persons have died and hundreds have been injured in three attacks over the...
  • Iraq's tech-savvy insurgents (online training and recruiting)

    07/11/2005 1:13:59 PM PDT · by BostonianRightist · 10 replies · 365+ views
    SF Gate ^ | July 10, 2005 | Jonathan Curiel
    Insurgents and their supporters have created a sophisticated network on the Internet to help them recruit suicide bombers to Iraq, according to interviews with terrorism experts and a review of the online material. - Snip - "The same way the Internet has revolutionized life in the United States, it's also revolutionized the business of terrorism," Kohlmann says. "The same way we've jumped on the Internet, they have, too."
  • Syria seen stepping up aid to Iraq-bound insurgents

    07/06/2005 2:00:32 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 501+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | By Rowan Scarborough
    Syrians are increasing assistance to foreign fighters preparing to enter Iraq and kill civilians and U.S. troops, despite months of pressure on Damascus from Washington to crack down on the jihadists. A U.S. official said recent intelligence shows that Syria is the home to Web sites that exhort militants to come to the country for preparation to fight and die in Iraq. Syrians also are providing barracks-like housing as the recruits from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Morocco and other Muslim countries prepare for a jihad, or holy war. The fighters also receive weapons, training and money in Syria. The Syrian government...
  • US delight as Iraqi rebels turn their guns on al-Qa'eda

    07/03/2005 6:16:53 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 11 replies · 1,187+ views
    American troops on the Syrian border are enjoying a battle they have long waited to see - a clash between foreign al-Qa'eda fighters and Iraqi insurgents. Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for al-Qa'eda jihadists being smuggled into the country. The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code. Fighting, which could be clearly heard at night over the weekend, first broke out in May...
  • US delight as Iraqi rebels turn their guns on al-Qa'eda

    07/03/2005 6:11:16 PM PDT · by saquin · 163 replies · 9,145+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/4/05 | Oliver Poole
    American troops on the Syrian border are enjoying a battle they have long waited to see - a clash between foreign al-Qa'eda fighters and Iraqi insurgents. Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for al-Qa'eda jihadists being smuggled into the country. The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code. Fighting, which could be clearly heard at night over the weekend, first broke out in May...
  • Foreigners Blamed for Iraq Attacks

    07/01/2005 5:40:23 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies · 157+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 1, 2005
    Foreigners Blamed for Iraq Attacks Associated Press July 1, 2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi officials have long believed that foreign fighters infiltrating Iraq through its porous borders with Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia are behind most suicide missions, and the recent wave of bloody strikes has confirmed that thinking. Authorities have found little evidence that Iraqis have been behind the near-daily stream of suicide attacks over the past six months, U.S. and Iraqi intelligence officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. The key role of foreign fighters in suicide attacks is one reason...
  • 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...
  • IRAQ: Stats on foreign militants show Saudis dominate

    06/22/2005 3:47:29 PM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 391+ views
    AKI ^ | 2005 Jun 22
    Washington, 22 June (AKI) - A survey on casualties of foreign insurgents active in Iraq show that more than half of them are Saudi citizens, while the next most populous group is Syrian militants, at 13 percent, and Kuwaitis following with 5.3 percent. The data, compiled by a prominent US al-Qaeda and terror expert, Evan Kohlmann, is based on the known nationalities of 300 foreign insurgents killed fighting the US-led forces or in suicide attacks between June 2003-June 2005. While most of the foreign militants who died are from neighbouring Arab nations, a few are also from European countries. "We...
  • U.S. General: Iraq Bombers Recruited Online

    06/20/2005 5:48:11 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 475+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2005 | Martha Raddatz
    Official Offers Look at How Iraq's Insurgency Stages Deadly Suicide Attacks June 20, 2005 — As the number of suicide bombings in Iraq grows higher and higher, a top U.S. military intelligence official tells ABC News they are learning more about the true nature of the bombers. According to Brig. Gen. John Custer, director of intelligence for U.S. Central Command, suicide bombers are "recruited on the Internet. They hear about the terrible atrocities perpetrated against the Iraqis in Iraq. They want to go and martyr themselves." Officials say they know of only one suicide bomber who was Iraqi, with the...
  • Insurgents Pass Over Syrian Border Into Iraq

    06/20/2005 10:01:27 AM PDT · by robowombat · 16 replies · 506+ views
    Parapundit ^ | June 16, 2005 | Randall Parker
    Insurgents Pass Over Syrian Border Into Iraq Tal Afar, near Iraq's border with Syria, fell back into insurgent control after the 101st Airborne was withdrawn several months ago. After the battle here in September the military left behind fewer than 500 troops to patrol a region twice the size of Connecticut. With so few troops and the local police force in shambles, insurgents came back and turned Tal Afar, a dusty, agrarian city of about 200,000 people, into a way station for the trafficking of arms and insurgent fighters from nearby Syria - and a ghost town of terrorized residents...
  • Foreigners boost their role in Iraq insurgency

    06/19/2005 4:45:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 729+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 19, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi military forces in Iraq are capturing larger numbers of Saudis, Syrians and other foreign fighters, indicating that combatants from outside Iraq are playing a small but more prominent role in the increasingly violent insurgency, Army figures show. Senior military officials say the foreigners play a disproportionately important role in the resistance, particularly in carrying out suicide bombings, which have sharply increased in the past two months. The increase in captured foreign fighters underscores the shifting profile of insurgents taken into custody recently. About 85 percent of the 3,500 new detainees in U.S.-operated prisons in Iraq...
  • European terror network sends ‘martyrs’ to Iraq

    06/19/2005 1:55:38 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 593+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | June 19, 2005 | Nick Fielding
    A SERIES of arrests in Spain, Germany, France and Holland has revealed a European terror network that recruits fighters and suicide bombers and sends them into Iraq.For two years recruiters have been providing fake documents, training and finance for the fighters, communicating secretly over the internet and liaising with cells based in Syria. Despite much closer links between intelligence and law enforcement agencies across Europe, experts say that the terrorists are moving between European countries to avoid detection. “The terrorists are operating internationally, even if the law enforcement agencies are a long way behind them,” said M J Gohel, chief...
  • North Africa Terror Cells Said to Be Sending Increasing Number of Islamic Fighters to Iraq

    06/14/2005 2:04:56 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 4 replies · 394+ views
    AP ^ | 6/14/05 | Todd Pitman
    Up to 20 percent of suicide car bombers in Iraq are from Algeria, a sign of growing cooperation between Islamic extremists in northern Africa and like-minded Iraqis, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday. The American officer said terror cells in the Middle East and northern Africa were increasingly joining forces as they face crackdowns in their own countries, leading to a stepped-up flow of money and Islamic extremists to Iraq. Forensic investigations have revealed that 20 percent of suicide car bombers in Iraq are Algerian and roughly 5 percent come from Morocco and Tunisia, according to the officer with...
  • More Foreigners Fight U.S. In Iraq (Joe Biden Alert)

    06/10/2005 4:48:29 AM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies · 395+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 10, 2005
    More Foreigners Fight U.S. In Iraq Associated Press June 10, 2005 WASHINGTON - More foreign fighters than ever are crossing Iraq's porous borders to fight U.S. and Iraqi forces, and a growing number are from U.S.-ally Saudi Arabia, a Senate Democrat said Thursday. "The mix is changing," said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., citing conversations last week in Iraq with Marine and Army generals. "Now, the mix is increasingly more Islamist crossing the border ... and a lot of them are Saudis. It presents a different profile" that is harder for U.S. forces to confront. Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's...
  • Biden: More Foreigners Fight U.S. in Iraq

    06/09/2005 5:19:35 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies · 481+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 06/08/2005 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON - More foreign fighters than ever are crossing Iraq's porous borders to fight U.S. and Iraqi forces, and a growing number are from U.S.-ally Saudi Arabia, a Senate Democrat said Thursday. "The mix is changing," said Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record), D-Del., citing conversations last week in Iraq with Marine and Army generals. "Now, the mix is increasingly more Islamist crossing the border ... and a lot of them are Saudis. It presents a different profile" that is harder for U.S. forces to confront. Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, gave no specific numbers, for...
  • WHOSE INSURGENCY? (91 percent of suicide bombers are foreigners crossing into Iraq)

    06/08/2005 7:42:40 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 21 replies · 825+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 7, 2005 | MARK GOLDBLATT
    June 7, 2005 -- ACCORDING to the SITE Institute, a respected counter-terrorism organization, only 9 percent of suicide bombings sponsored in Iraq by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are conducted by native Iraqis. Analyzing data from a "martyrs" list posted on a Zarqawi Web site, SITE found that 42 percent of the killers hailed from Saudi Arabia, 12 percent from Syria, 11 percent from Kuwait, with the rest from an assortment of Asian and European nations.
  • 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 official denies the presence of thousands of Saudi fighters in Iraq

    05/19/2005 12:41:50 AM PDT · by Wiz · 15 replies · 621+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | 2005 May 18
    RIYADH, May 18 (KUNA) -- Security spokesman in the Saudi Ministry of Interior Major General Mansour Al-Turki denied the presence of thousands of Saudi fighters in Iraq. Al-Riyadh daily cited Wednesday Al-Turki denying recent media reports which claim that the majority of fighters in Iraq are Saudis and that their numbers reach around 2500.
  • 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
  • 'Martyrs' In Iraq Mostly Saudis: Web Sites Track Suicide Bombings (more than 60% from Saudi Arabia)

    05/14/2005 8:10:37 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 20 replies · 795+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 5/15/05 | 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. On April 11, he died as a suicide bomber, part of a coordinated insurgent attack on a U.S. Marine base in the...
  • '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...
  • They Came Here to Die (gripping Marine battle Operation Matador)

    05/11/2005 3:28:06 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 80 replies · 2,308+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2005 | 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. Through Sunday night and into Monday morning, the foreign fighters battled on, their screaming voices gradually fading to just one. In the end, it took five Marine assaults, grenades, a tank firing bunker-busting artillery rounds, 500-pound bombs unleashed by...
  • 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...
  • The Wedding of the Martyr--Jordanian family celebrates their son's suicide bombing

    03/30/2005 4:52:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies · 634+ views
    Frontpagemagazine/MEMRI ^ | 3-30-05 | Nimrod Raphaeli
    A Jordanian family celebrates their son's suicide bombing -- which killed 132 Iraqis and injured 120 more. Since the fall of the Saddam regime in April 2003, Iraq has been victimized by hundreds of acts of terrorism, most of them perpetrated by foreign terrorists who have crossed Iraq's porous borders. The most lethal terrorist act was carried out on February 28, 2005, by a suicide bomber who detonated a car bomb in the predominantly Shi'ite City of Hilla, sixty miles south of Baghdad. The bomb exploded in front of a health office in a busy bazaar where new recruits to...
  • Iraqi-Jordanian Tension Over the Most Lethal Suicide Bombing in Iraq

    03/29/2005 2:46:20 PM PST · by Marguerite · 7 replies · 441+ views
    MEMRI ^ | March 29, 2005 | Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
    Since the fall of the Saddam regime in April 2003, Iraq has been victimized by hundreds of acts of terrorism, most of it perpetrated by foreign terrorists who have crossed Iraq's porous borders. The most lethal terrorist act was carried out on February 28, 2005, by a suicide bomber who detonated a car bomb in the predominantly Shi'ite City of Hilla, sixty miles south of Baghdad. The bomb exploded in front of a health office in a busy bazaar where new recruits to the police and armed forces were waiting to apply for health certificates, which are a prerequisite to...
  • Saudi soldier’s journey to death in Iraq

    03/20/2005 5:18:03 PM PST · by NCjim · 36 replies · 1,186+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 20, 2005
    Six months ago sergeant Mahmoud al-Harithi resigned from the Saudi military, said goodbye to his wife and two children, and left home for jihad in Iraq. A family man, the 32-year-old called home regularly. But he said little and resisted pleas for him to return. “He was looking for martyrdom. No matter who he would fight and no matter where, Afghanistan or Iraq, he was looking to be a martyr,” said one of his cousins, who asked not to be named. One Friday in late February his father had just finished midday prayers when he noticed two missed calls on...