Sunday, September 24, 2006

MSM catches up with the blogs

Iraq war triggered terrorism, says US intelligence report

A report in The New York Times says an American intelligence report has concluded that the Iraq war helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and increased the overall threat of terrorism.

It quotes the report by the National Intelligence Council, a think-tank for 16 different US spy agencies, as saying Islamic radicalism has mushroomed worldwide.

The National Intelligence Estimate, as the document is known, reflects the views of no fewer than 16 US spy agencies.

According to The New York Times it says the Iraq war has triggered more, not less, terrorism and helped spread Jihadist ideology.

Overall, the report is consistent with other intelligence assessments that suggest that while Al Qaeda may have been weakened since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, the radical Islamic movement worldwide has strengthened.

It also reportedly concludes that Al Qaeda has now mutated into a global franchise of semi-autonomous cells.

In a series of recent speeches, US President George W Bush has been portraying the war on Iraq as the central front in the war on terrorism.

This report implies while that may be true, that it is a front the United States's own making.

In the past, President Bush has dismissed such reasoning by arguing that Islamic militants had hated the US long before it invaded Iraq, or even Afghanistan.

The estimate, the first US assessment of international terrorism since the Iraq war began, has not been seen by The New York Times.

But the paper has spoken to officials who have either read it or been involved in drafting it. - link



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