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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:34 pm 
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Spy agencies say Iraq War Worsened Terror Threat
By Mark Mazzetti

The New York Times

WASHINGTON — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by U.S. intelligence agencies has found that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials who were involved in preparing the assessment or have read the final document.

The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by U.S. intelligence agencies since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, and it represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled "Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States," it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread around the globe.

An opening section of the report, "Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement," cites the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology.

The report "says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse," one U.S. intelligence official said.

More than a dozen U.S. government officials and outside experts were interviewed for this article. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a classified intelligence document.



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I saw that on the news last night. I find it difficult to believe that those right siders will agree with it. But, we have been saying it for the last two years.

The Bush war has nothing to stop terrorism. In fact has done just the opposite.


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DarkKnight2 wrote:
I saw that on the news last night. I find it difficult to believe that those right siders will agree with it. But, we have been saying it for the last two years.

The Bush war has nothing to stop terrorism. In fact has done just the opposite.


they aren't. the white house is claiming the report isn't complete....

now, imagine that....not wanting to support an intelligence report that doesn't support them...ooops...wait a sec....didn't they do the same before the war???


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I love that 'portions of the report' are being made public. Hmm, wonder which portions...

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