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Iraq Is ‘Cause Celebre’ for Terrorists

Posted on Sep 26, 2006

The just-declassified National Intelligence Estimate concludes that the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic extremism and “is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.”

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  • Washington Post:

    The Bush administration today released excerpts of a leaked U.S. intelligence report that concludes the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has fueled Islamic extremism and contributed to the spread of terrorist cells. It also finds that terrorist groups around the world are adapting to counter-terrorism strategies.

    “We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives,” said a four-page summary of the 30-page National Intelligence Estimate, which was completed in April and leaked to several news media organizations last weekend.

    The report, which reflects the consensus of 16 government intelligence services, also suggests that a U.S. victory in Iraq could weaken the will of terrorist groups.


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    By rachelle, September 27, 2006 at 1:56 am Link to this comment
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    Harald (25732): “...our so-called intelligence experts can say what anybody with half a brain can see?”

    Exactly. I could have told them this 4 years ago. If seing your brother or cousin blown to smithereens doesn’t make you angry…? Similarly the debate over whether Iraq is/is not headed for a civil war. If it’s not a full-blown civil war right now, I haven’t a clue about anything.

    Smart “intelligence.” Tsk.

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    By harald hardrada, September 26, 2006 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment
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    this is where our tax dollars go?—so that our so-called intelligence experts can say what anybody with half a brain can see?

    why have we got so many intelligence agencies if our leaders always take the path that leads to failure?

    victory in iraq?—let’s reduce the size of our government by letting these paper-pushers find real work instead of trying to sell us their pipedreams

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