Sunday, September 24, 2006

Iraq war has made terrorism threat worse

This just in:

The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has made the threat of terrorism worse, and fueled the radical terrorists' movement.

No, it's not Sen. Russ Feingold talking, although he has been saying exactly that for quite a while.

This time, it's U.S. intelligence agencies. The NY Times has the story:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23-- A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document...

The report "says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse," said one American intelligence official.


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