Syria, Iran Supporting Terrorism in Iraq

[Los Angeles Times] Max Boot - While visiting Iraq recently, I was told by U.S. military sources that an estimated 50 to 80 foreign jihadists a month are still infiltrating Iraq from Syria. They have simply changed their route from Anbar province, which has turned decisively against al-Qaeda, to further north in Salahaddin and Nineveh provinces. Syria has become the headquarters of a new Iraqi Baathist party that is working with al-Qaeda to facilitate and finance attacks in Iraq. There is evidence to indicate that Abu Ayyub Masri, the Egyptian-born leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, is hiding in Syria. Iran continues to train and support the Shiite terrorist "Special Groups" and to smuggle dangerous munitions for use against coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2008-02-13 01:00:00

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