Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Iraq prime training ground for export of Jihadists

from AFP

The new generation of Islamist militants in Iraq are more battle-hardened than their veteran anti-Soviet counterparts from Afghanistan, and the export of their Muslim "holy war" to calmer Arab countries has become a phenomenon. The presence of Saudi, Jordanian, and Yemeni volunteers in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr Al Bared in north Lebanon, as well as arrests in Jordan and Saudi Arabia of Jihadists coming from Iraq illustrate this. "The Iraqi resistance does not need people inside, they have more than they need, freeing up foreign fighters to fight elsewhere," said Marwan Shehadeh, an expert in radical movements with the Vision Research Institute in Amman. "They are in contact with each other because Salafi [strict Muslim] ideology is spread all over Arab and Islamic countries," he said.

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