Terrorists Entering Iraq from Syria Join Saudi Mujahideen

(Reuters/MSNBC) - Iraq's U.S. administrator, Paul Bremer, said in remarks published on Tuesday that foreign terrorists were entering the country from Syria and that he hoped Damascus would cooperate more in stopping the flow. Saudi militants are among those believed to have infiltrated into Iraq in recent weeks, according to London-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Fagih, who cited what he said were Saudi security sources as saying that up to 3,000 militants may have fled to Iraq "to create a new front for jihad (holy war) there." Magnus Ranstorp, director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrew's University in Scotland, said he had heard several weeks ago of a concern that there were ''so-called mujahideen heading to Iraq from Saudi Arabia,'' a process that had begun even before the May 12 bombings.

2003-08-20 00:00:00

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