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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Sunni majority has become a leading contributor to
the revolt in neighboring Syria.
Diplomats and officials agreed that Sunni tribal leaders were helping
organize a massive flow of weapons and fighters from Iraq to Syria. They
said the flow stemmed from several Iraqi cities, including Qaim in the west
and Mosul in the north.
“There is money pouring in from Gulf Arab sheiks for this effort and weapons in Iraq are easy to obtain,” a diplomat said.
Al Qaida in Iraq has also joined the Sunni revolt. The diplomats said Al
Qaida networks in such provinces as Anbar, Diyala and Saleh Eddin were
recruiting fighters to attack the Assad regime.
“We have intelligence information that Iraqi jihadists have gone to
Syria,” Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Adnan Assadi said.