It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The 'myth' of Iraq's foreign fighters
The US and Iraqi governments have vastly overstated the number of foreign fighters in Iraq, and most of them don't come from Saudi Arabia, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS). According to a piece in The Guardian, this means the US and Iraq "feed the myth" that foreign fighters are the backbone of the insurgency. While the foreign fighters may stoke the insurgency flames, they make up only about 4 to 10 percent of the estimated 30,000 insurgents.
The CSIS study also disputes media reports that Saudis are the largest group of foreign fighters. CSIS says "Algerians are the largest group (20 percent), followed by Syrians (18 percent), Yemenis (17 percent), Sudanese (15 percent), Egyptians (13 percent), Saudis (12 percent) and those from other states (5 percent)." CSIS gathered the information for its study from intelligence sources in the Gulf region.
The CSIS report says: "The vast majority of Saudi militants who have entered Iraq were not terrorist sympathizers before the war; and were radicalized almost exclusively by the coalition invasion."
Well, well, well. This explains everything. So they had a very good reason after all to do what they did. Iran is actually the bad guys here. If they don`t stop this trafficking of bombs and drugs from Iran, then more troops and innocent Iraqi civilians will die. A noble cause which justifies their actions. After all, Hazim Shalan "accused Iranian officials of bringing weapons and drugs into Iraq and of paying voters to back their chosen candidates"...
Originally posted by Seekerof
What was debunked was the CSIS biased study and released report, ArchAngel, not what Hellmutt is presenting. Furthermore, the CSIS study and released report mentions nothing of Iranian fighters and agents infiltrating into Iraq, again, as posted by Hellmutt.
Originally posted by Rasputin13
I'm sorry, I'm just trying to figure out what it is that you're rolling your eyes at.