2003 April 12 Saturday
Foreign Fighters Led Resistance In Basra Fighting

The Times of London reports that the foreign fighters imported into Iraq by Saddam Hussein before the fighting began were highly trained before they arrived in Iraq and behaved as a disciplined foreign legion. The question is what group trained them?

British investigators are more cautious, but one officer involved in questioning the survivors told The Times: “These are not just zealots who grabbed a gun and went to the front line. They know how to employ guerrilla tactics so someone had to have trained them. They are certainly organised, and if it’s not bin Laden’s people, its al-Qaeda by another name. But they certainly came here to fight the West.”

Captured survivors of this fighting force might turn out to be useful sources of intelligence once some of them can be made to talk.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 April 12 05:42 PM  Military War, Rumours Of War

K Reimer said at April 13, 2003 3:47 AM:

Islamic Jihad.

They know what they are doing all too well, as shown by the 4 April ambush of C Company 2d Tank Bn (USMC). The Dallas Morning News has an embedded journalist who wrote a fascinating article on the ambush. Bets way to find it is to do a google on "Jim Landers: Ambush costly for Marine battalion" and follow the links.

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