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Originally posted by skippytjc
Some day the coalition and the Iraqi’s will purge Iraq of these Islamic Radical terrorists from other countries. Only then will they be able to prosper.
While their numbers have increased in the last six months, foreign fighters continue to comprise only about five percent of the diverse insurgency facing 138,000 U.S. troops and the up to 75,000 Iraqi soldiers considered sufficiently trained and equipped to conduct operations with U.S. forces, Custer said.
In fact, the biggest misconception about the up-to-20,000- strong insurgency is that it's largely composed of foreign fighters loyal to Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Custer said.
``This is a largely Iraqi Sunni, Arab insurgency,'' he said. ``One of the biggest misconceptions, I guess because of the `rock star' status of Zarqawi, is the foreign fighter piece: that there are thousands and thousands of foreign fighters pouring into Iraq.''
Zarqawi `Fully Recovered'
``When you take a look at who we have killed, who we captured, who we have in detention, it is 95 percent, at least, Iraqi-Sunni-Arab, and if you look at the Zarqawi network you will find that it's vastly Iraqi,'' he said.