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October 02, 2005

Iraq Summer Camp is Over

So what Afghanistan was to terrorist training in the 1980s and 1990s, Iraq has been for the next generation of terrorists, as militants to 'spread out' after Iraq training:

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.

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.

Iraq has become a magnet for Islamic militants similar to Soviet-occupied Afghanistan two decades ago, US and Arab security officials say.

While the Afghan war against the Soviets was largely fought on a rural battlefield, security officials say Iraq is providing extremists with more comprehensive skills including training in operations for populated areas. But Mr Jabor said Zarqawi's recruitment of Iraqi militants such as Abu Azzam indicated more Iraqis could be joining Al Qaeda, even though many local insurgents owe their loyalties to tribal and other nationalist leaders rather than foreign Islamists.

Just as fighting the Russians battle-hardened that older wave of terrorists, our US soldiers have been wonderful target practice for these new trainees.

While this is mixed in with news of some weakening of insurgent forces recently, the fact that they are continuing to recruit new Iraqi supporters undermines the idea that there is some limited number of Al Quaeda supporters that can be eliminated. Unfortunately, summer camp keeps training more.

Posted by Nathan at October 2, 2005 07:01 PM