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Few Signs of Infiltration by Foreign Fighters in Iraq

The commanding general of the United States Army division that patrols much of Iraq’s western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that his men had encountered only a handful of foreign fighters trying to sneak into the country to attack American and allied forces. “I want to underscore that most of the attacks on our forces are by former regime loyalists and other Iraqis, not foreign forces,” said the officer, Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. His view was echoed by Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, which controls northern Iraq and parts of its borders with Syria, Turkey and Iran. Full Story

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