Iraq the New Afghanistan, Terror Training Ground Since U.S. Occupation

28 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Iraq, the New Afghanistan, Terror Training Ground Since U.S. Occupation</h1><p>May 28, 2007 (LPAC)--The Iraq War, which for years has drawn militants from around the world, is beginning to export terrorist fighters, and the tactics they learned in Iraq, into neighboring countries and beyond, the <em>New York Times</em> proclaims in its top story today. The U.S. occupation has made Iraq the new Afghanistan, and "Iraqsis" the new "Afghansis" of international irregular warfare.</p><p>In Lebanon, the Lebanese army found itself battling a militant group, Fatah al Islam, which included as many as 50 Iraqi insurgents in its estimated 500-person force, according to Maj. Gen. Achraf Rifi, General Director of the Internal Security Forces in Lebanon. "If any country says it is safe from this [Iraq insurgents spreading fighting to their countries-ed.], then they are putting their heads in the sand," General Rifi said.</p><p>Another example cited is the confession of Muhammad al-Darsi, who claimed that when he went to Iraq seeking to kill Americans and Jews, the recruiter told him they wanted him instead to be part of a (foiled) plot to blow himself up at the Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan.</p><p>Terrorist training, readily available in Iraq, is much more appropriate for Europe and elsewhere, because Iraq has become a laboratory for urban guerilla tactics, according to Dennis Pluchinsky, a former senior analyst for the State Department. "More relevant terrorist skills are tranferable from Iraq to Europe than from Afghanistan to Europe," Pluchinsky wrote in an April 17 report to the U.S. government.</p></div></body>