Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Who Are We Fighting in Iraq

The Bush administration is at odds with the nation's top military commanders about who is behind the attacks and insurgency in Iraq. The President claims in campaign appearances that the US is fighting terrorists there, so we don't have to fight them here. But top generals -- including the Joint Chiefs Chairman -- say foreign fighters number 1,000 or fewer. The brass believes the majority of the fighting is led by Iraqis themselves -- either former Saddam loyalists or others wanting a new government in their group's image. If there are fewer than 1,000 terrorists in Iraq, that leaves at least 9,000 al Qaeda operatives somewhere other than where our military is fighting. (NPR)

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