Only 5,000 Guerrillas in Iraq, Says U.S.

(New York Times) - The senior American commander in the Middle East said Thursday that the Unites States-led occupation in Iraq faces no more than 5,000 guerrilla fighters, but that they are increasingly well organized and well financed, and are gradually expanding their attacks to the previously calm north and south. Gen. John Abizaid said loyalists to Saddam Hussein - not foreign terrorists - pose the greatest danger to American troops and to stability in Iraq. He said these militants hired unemployed "angry young men" to do much of their "dirty work."

2003-11-14 00:00:00

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