An Arab "Martyr" Thwarted

(New York Times) Neil MacFarquhar - He shaved his beard to appear less conspicuously religious and then slipped into Iraq through Syria, willing to die to defeat the Americans. The young Lebanese teacher says he found himself in a safe house in Baghdad, with a long list of Saudis and Kuwaitis ahead of him waiting to become suicide bombers. The Iraqis in Falluja eventually suggested that he and all of the mujahedeen with him return home. Arab governments and Western intelligence officials express growing concern that Iraq is becoming the training ground that Afghanistan was in the 1980s, breeding another generation of fanatical warriors ready to carry their jihad back home.

2004-11-02 00:00:00

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