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CIA: Iraq War Created A "More Effective Training Ground" Than Afghanistan

George Bush once said: "Some may disagree with my decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, but all of us can agree that the world's terrorists have now made Iraq a central front in the war on terror."

Well,half right. There is general agreement that Iraq is now a key areana for Jihadists, but as a new CIA Report, this only has occured since we invaded. The war of choice in Iraq, gave the terrorists the opportunity that wasn't there before. And the CIA also point out, the Iraq invasion has created a "more effective" training ground for terrorists than they had before in Afghanistan.
From the International Herald Tribune:


"A new, classified assessment by the CIA says that Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamic extremists than Afghanistan was in Al Qaeda's early days, because it provides a new laboratory for militants to hone their skills in urban combat.

The intelligence assessment was completed last month and has been circulated through U.S. government agencies, and it was described by several congressional and intelligence officials. They said it expresses a view that the war in Iraq is likely to leave a dangerous legacy by enabling Iraqi and foreign combatants who are likely to disperse to other countries to become much more adept, capable and mobilized than they were before the conflict.

The assessment, they said, argued that Iraq, since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, had in many ways assumed the role played by Afghanistan during the 1980s, as a magnet and a proving ground for extremists from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries.

The officials said the report stressed that the urban nature of the war in Iraq meant that combatants were learning how to carry out assassinations, kidnappings, car bombings and other kinds of attacks that were never a staple of the fighting in Afghanistan, which was primarily rural and conventional in nature during the anti-Soviet fighting that was backed by the United States."
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