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Cruzan Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:04 PM
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LAT: Sunni extremists from Saudi Arabia make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq


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 Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.

Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said the senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. It is apparently the first time a U.S. official has given such a breakdown on the role played by Saudi nationals in Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency.

He said 50% of all Saudi fighters in Iraq come here as suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.

The situation has left the U.S. military in the awkward position of battling an enemy whose top source of foreign fighters is a key ally that at best has not been able to prevent its citizens from undertaking bloody attacks in Iraq, and at worst shares complicity in sending extremists to commit attacks against U.S. forces, Iraqi civilians and the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

The problem casts a spotlight on the tangled web of alliances and enmities that underlie the political relations between Muslim nations and the U.S.

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gatorboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:06 PM
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1. Can I get a big "DUUHHHHH" from all you great folks in the front row.
Now the back row, give me a, "No SHIT!" loud and proud.
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roamer65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:42 PM
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2. Just wait until all those insurgents head back to SA with their training.
Can you say "Islamic Republic of Arabia"?
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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:47 PM
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3. K&R
This is extremely important information to get across to the American public, especially as Iran is being singled out as our chief foreign enemy.
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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:57 PM
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4. George?
Do we occupy them too?
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:06 PM
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5. Visit Saudi Arabia, The Country That Can Get Away With Anything! -nt
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:11 PM
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7. That says it all. n/t
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:48 PM
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10. Like the O.J. Simpson of the Middle East.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:10 PM
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6. Hmmmm...Now How About An Ammendment...
putting the same scrutiny on Saudi Arabia this regime wants on Iran.

Even better...attach it as an ammendment to Liebermann's ammendment. Let's really make the GOOP tap dance.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:11 PM
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8. And so in its greater wisdom, the Senate censured IRAN!
Thanks, guys! 'Way to go! :sarcasm:
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:38 PM
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9. Huh...they must be those Iranian Saudi's we keep hearing about.
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 03:39 PM by tjwash
nt
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