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the Talking Can
07-15-2007, 03:14 PM
Saudis' role in Iraq insurgency outlined
Sunni extremists from Saudi Arabia make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq, many suicide bombers, a U.S. official says.
By Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
July 15, 2007

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.........

http://www.latimes.com/ (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-saudi15jul15,0,3132262.story?coll=la-home-center)

Logical
07-15-2007, 03:27 PM
I don't think this should be a suprise given that a large amount of the AQ members came from Saudi Arabia including Bin Laden.

ChiefaRoo
07-15-2007, 04:12 PM
Not a surprise at all. Same thing is going on in Pakistan.

jAZ
07-15-2007, 04:33 PM
Not a surprise at all. Same thing is going on in Pakistan.
Yet, we invaded we Iraq... the one nation in the region that quite literally had nothing to do with terrorism, 9/11, Al Queda or Bin Laden.

ChiefaRoo
07-15-2007, 04:55 PM
Yet, we invaded we Iraq... the one nation in the region that quite literally had nothing to do with terrorism, 9/11, Al Queda or Bin Laden.

Jesus get over it. Ancient history.

Ugly Duck
07-15-2007, 08:49 PM
Jesus get over it. Ancient history.Ancient? Heck... it was like... 2003.

What are we going to do when we leave Iraq and the Saudis are supporting the Iraqi Sunnis against the Iranian-backed government that we installed? Do we side with Saudi, or with Iran? Dang... you Republicans really know how to fuggitup bigtime...

ChiefaRoo
07-16-2007, 03:34 AM
Ancient? Heck... it was like... 2003.

What are we going to do when we leave Iraq and the Saudis are supporting the Iraqi Sunnis against the Iranian-backed government that we installed? Do we side with Saudi, or with Iran? Dang... you Republicans really know how to fuggitup bigtime...

For the record. I wouldn't of Invaded Iraq knowing what I knew then. However, what I would of done is really not important. It happened and now the US has got to get it figured out in a way that won't hurt us by strengthening our enemies.