Iraq war increases terrorism risk -report

War in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism against the West, at least for the short term, the International Institute for Strategic Studies has said in its annual report on the world’s militaries. The IISS has added a section on Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network to “The Military Balance,” its authoritative yearly defence handbook, which lists the size and capabilities of the world’s armed forces. “Overall, the risk of terrorism to Westerners and Western assets in Arab countries appeared to increase after the Iraq war began in March 2003,” it concluded. “With the military invasion and occupation of Iraq, the United States demonstrated its desire to change the political status quo in the Arab world to advance American strategic and political interests,” it said in Tuesday’s report.Full Story

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