Wednesday, November 17

So where are all the terrorists we are fighting "over there"

A couple of days ago in a piece about Fallujah, it was reported that out of the 150 odd prisoners, that only 15 were not Iraqi citizens. Well it would seem that we rounded up a whole lot more and still have only 15 foreign Nationals.
By John Hendren
Times Staff Writer
Posted November 16 2004

CAMP FALLOUJA, Iraq — The battle for the city of Fallouja is giving U.S. military commanders some insight into this country's insurgency, painting a portrait of a home-grown uprising dominated by Iraqis, not foreign fighters.

Of the more than 1,000 men between the ages of 15 and 55 who were captured in intense fighting in the center of the insurgency over the last week, just 15 are confirmed foreign fighters, Gen. George W. Casey, the top U.S. ground commander in Iraq, said Monday.
There was evidence that an organized force of foreign fighters was present. One dead guerrilla bore Syrian identification. A number of insurgents believed to be foreigners wore similar black "uniforms," each with black flak vests, webbed gear and weapons superior to those of their Iraqi allies.

But despite an intense focus on the network of Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab Zarqawi by U.S. and Iraqi officials, who have insisted that most Iraqis support the country's interim government, American commanders said their best estimates of the proportion of foreigners among their enemies is about 5%.

The overwhelming majority of insurgents, several senior commanders said, are drawn from the tens of thousands of former government employees whose sympathies lie with the toppled regime of Saddam Hussein, unemployed "criminals" who find work laying roadside bombs for about $500 each and Iraqi religious extremists.
Nice 30 foot Conclusion Jump there. I mean these guys could only be fighting out of loyalty to their dearly deposed leader, or just "unemployed criminals" out to make a buck. Okie-dokie any information that comes to light that doesn't fit the "CONventional wisdom" will be spun like a dervish. i am sure that they will find those foreign terrorists to the north, west, east and south somewhat, just like the WMD's