Al Qaeda recruits teenage suicide bombers in Iraq



This from the Associated Press tonight:

“BAGHDAD — The Iraqi military on Monday displayed a group of weeping teenagers who said they had been forced into training for suicide bombings by a Saudi militant in the last urban stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq.


“Four of the six boys were lined up for the media at police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul, where they said they had been training for a month to start suicide operations in early June.


“The United Nations and the Iraqi and U.S. militaries say they fear that al-Qaida in Iraq is increasingly trying to use youths in attacks to avoid the heightened security measures that have dislodged the group from Baghdad and surrounding areas.


“The youths, three wearing track suits and one with a torn white T-shirt, began crying as they were led into the police station.

“The Saudi insurgent threatened to rape our mothers and sisters, destroy our houses and kill our fathers if we did not cooperate with him,” one of the youths said…”


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This was one of the pretexts for going to war, right? To prevent Iraq from serving as a base of operations for Al Qaeda and to prevent Iraqis from becoming suicide bombers? Has the war made the administration’s prewar fears a present day reality?



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