Spread of Bin Laden Ideology Cited
Iraq Invasion Said To Alter Dynamics Of Local Militants. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has accelerated the spread of Osama bin Laden’s anti-Americanism among once local Islamic militant movements, increasing danger to the United States as the al Qaeda network is becoming less able to mount attacks, according to senior intelligence officials at the CIA and State Department. At the same time, the Sunni Triangle has become a training ground for foreign Islamic jihadists who are slipping into Iraq to join former Saddam Hussein loyalists to test themselves against U.S. and coalition forces, these officials say. Islamic militant organizations in places such as North Africa and Southeast Asia, which were previously focused on changing their local country leadership, “have been caught by bin Laden’s vision, and poisoned by it . . . they will now look at the U.S., Israel and the Saudis as targets,” a senior intelligence official said last week. “That is one manifestation of how bin Laden’s views are expanding well beyond Iraq,” he said.