Thursday, November 17, 2005

Military still can't find those foreign fighters that are supposedly the mainstay of Iraqi insurgency

They must be sneakier than those WMDs that Saddam 'had'.

How many times have military officers been proven to be lying just in the course of this latest war, yet they still incist on being accepted as honest.

What is the old (since the Vietnam war) proverb? Oh Yeah. The first casualty of war is the truth. The Iraq war is a prime example of this.

Before 8,500 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers methodically swept through Tall Afar two months ago in the year's largest counterinsurgency offensive, commanders described the northern city as a logistics hub for fighters, including foreigners entering the country from Syria, 65 miles to the west.

"They come across the border and use Tall Afar as a base to launch attacks across northern Iraq," Col. H.R. McMaster, commander of the Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which led the assault, said in a briefing the day before it began.

When the air and ground operation wound down in mid-September, nearly 200 insurgents had been killed and close to 1,000 detained, the military said at the time. But interrogations and other analyses carried out in recent weeks showed that none of those captured was from outside Iraq. According to McMaster's staff, the 3rd Armored Cavalry last detained a foreign fighter in June.

In a recent interview, McMaster maintained that, before insurgents were driven from Tall Afar in September, foreigners were at least partly responsible for the "climate of fear" that pervaded the city -- a result of beheadings, suicide attacks and the abduction of young men to conscript them as fighters.

"They trained indigenous terror cells and moved on somewhere else," he said.

Among Insurgents in Iraq, Few Foreigners Are Found


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