Sunday, September 24, 2006

Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat to US

A classified intelligence report reveals the Iraq war has made the terror threat to the US worse.

"Some intelligence officials have said as much in the past, but the newly revealed document is the first formal report on global trends in terrorism by the National Intelligence Estimate, which is put out by the National Intelligence Council.

As Democrats seized on the report to support their position on the war, violence Sunday left at least nine Iraqis and two U.S. Marines dead at the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
And raising doubts whether the Iraqis can maintain order once a security operation in Baghdad concludes, The Associated Press reported Sunday that some U.S. soldiers working in Shiite neighborhoods say the Iraqi troops are among the worst they've ever seen. (Full story)

The White House Sunday said a New York Times report on the National Intelligence Estimate document 'is not representative of the complete document.'

Beyond that, the White House said it does not comment on classified documents.

Citing officials familiar with the report, The New York Times said the document '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.'

Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, in a written statement Sunday, warned that any news report that includes 'only a small handful of those judgments distorts the broad strategic framework the NIE is assessing -- in this case, trends in global terrorism.'

Intelligence officials told CNN the report, completed five months ago, said the war and the insurgency are the main recruiting vehicles for new Islamic extremists.

The extremists communicate through various Islamic Web sites and share an ideology with al Qaeda, the officials said.

The document has not been shared with senators because it is classified, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, told ABC's 'This Week.'"

~CNN's Kelli Arena and Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this story
from CNN's website

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