Sunday, July 15, 2007

45% of Militants are Saudi

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers, the largest number of foreign militants and suicide bombers come from Saudi Arabia, not Syria or Iran, as President Bush has been suggesting.
About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.


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