Iraq a hotbed for terrorists
A report issued today by the House Foreign Affairs Committee finds that excessive force by U.S. troops has provoked antagonism and fueled insurgency in Iraq. The report also says that Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as a hotbed for terrorists.
According to a recent Newsweek article, bin Laden sent two of his top men to Iraq in 2003 to carve out a role for Al Qaeda. Since then, his envoy has visited three times. Bin laden calls insurgency leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi the "prince of Al Qaeda," and Zarqawi says he is a "loyal soldier."
Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad Group claimed responsibility for this weekend's attack on the infamous Abu Ghraib prison (which houses more than 3,000 insurgents) that injured 44 U.S. troops. On Monday, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the prison, injuring four guards.
In the almost two years since the war ended, 6,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed and 16,000 have been wounded, according to government estimates released today.
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