Irak fungerer idag som øvingsområde og rekrutteringssted for den internasjonale jihad-bevegelsen akkurat som Afghanistan gjorde før Taliban ble styrtet, skriver tenke-tanken til CIA, the National Intelligence Council.

Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of «professionalized» terrorists, according to a report released yesterday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director’s think tank.

Iraq provides terrorists with «a training ground, a recruitment ground, the opportunity for enhancing technical skills,» said David B. Low, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats. «There is even, under the best scenario, over time, the likelihood that some of the jihadists who are not killed there will, in a sense, go home, wherever home is, and will therefore disperse to various other countries.»

«At the moment,» NIC Chairman Robert L. Hutchings said, Iraq «is a magnet for international terrorist activity.»

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