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Rising Tide of Islamic Militants See Iraq as Ultimate Battlefield

In much the same way as the Russian invasion of Afghanistan stirred an earlier generation of young Muslims determined to fight the infidel, the American presence in Iraq is prompting a rising tide of Muslim militants to slip into the country to fight the foreign occupier, Iraqi officials and others say. “Iraq is the nexus where many issues are coming together Islam versus democracy, the West versus the axis of evil, Arab nationalism versus some different types of political culture,” said Barham Saleh, the prime minister of this Kurdish-controlled part of northern Iraq. “If the Americans succeed here, this will be a monumental blow to everything the terrorists stand for.” Recent intelligence suggests the militants are well organized. One returning group of fighters from the militant Ansar al-Islam organization captured in the Kurdish region two weeks ago consisted of five Iraqis, a Palestinian and a Tunisian. Full Story

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