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Pentagon says Syria, Iran supporting foreign fighters in Iraq

Posted by avideditor on March 11, 2008

We are fighting a global war on Islamic terror. I hope the Pentagon did not just realize this.

Pentagon says Syria, Iran supporting foreign fighters in Iraq: “”

Despite increased counterterrorism efforts by Damascus, as much as 90 percent of the foreign fighters in Iraq cross the border from Syria, according to a Pentagon report that says Iran’s support for Shiite militants also is hurting efforts to improve Iraq security.

As those external pressures dog coalition and Iraqi forces, the government of Iraq is also hamstrung by internal corruption and persistent problems getting basic services to the people, the report said.

The Defense Department’s quarterly report on progress in Iraq, released Tuesday, said that militants continue to find safe havens and logistical support in Syria.

“It is not clear that Syria has made a strategic decision to deal with foreign terrorists using Syria as a transit point into Iraq,” said the report, which covers events from December through February.

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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