Very few foreign fighters in Iraq, and most are Sunni/Saudi.

Bush/Cheney’s lies about Iraq war not only hide the real facts about that conflict, but also mislead the American public and the Congress about other countries. Bush’s statements about the impact of Iran, Syria, and al Qaeda are clearly debunked by a piece in the LA Times. The US military propaganda never refers to Sunnis or Saudi Arabia, though it is clearly known that these are the source of most of the insurgency, and particularly the foreign element. The Times piece provides convincing data; only 135 of 19,000 detainees (less than 1%) are foreigners, half of these are Saudi, and essentially none are Iranian:

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.

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Filed under Bill Kristol: is he smarter than you?, Countdown to attack on Iran, Dick Cheney: Hannibal Lector in disguise?, Fred Kagan:an idiot running a war, George W. Bush: is he really THAT bad?, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Politics

One response to “Very few foreign fighters in Iraq, and most are Sunni/Saudi.

  1. Less than 1% are foreigners? Wow. Not surprising I guess, as the administration was never really been straight with us about this war (or if you prefer, occupation).

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