Christian Science Monitor reported that Al Qaeda has "changed its modus operandi," and is using Iraq as a training ground for future terrorists and as a propaganda tool in its war against the West. The source of the report comes from a British parliamentary committee report found in Daily Telegraph. In the Daily Telegraph, the parliamentary committee predicts another "brutal attack" on Britain, similar to the one that occurred in London a year ago this week, because of the war on terror. Source: 'Report: Al Qaeda using Iraq as terrorist training ground...', By Tom Regan, CSMONITOR
Islamic extremists appear to be poised to seize political power across the Middle East in the wake of a U.S. Democrat sponsored "Cut and Run" withdrawal from Iraq if the likes of Kerry / Feingold / Murtha / Pelosi / Dean / Leftist have their way. In August 2005, General Richard Meyers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a pentagon briefing:
The liberal democrats in the United States fail to realized the consequences of their folly; "Cut and Run."
"The stakes are huge," said Myers. "If the "Zarqawis" of the world, if (al Qaeda) were allowed to be successful in Iraq, in their view, that would be the start of the caliphate that they envision. The stakes would be huge for the region. You talk about instability. It would be instant instability in that region, in Saudi Arabia on down the Gulf states, perhaps Iran, Syria, Turkey."
With those words, Myers unambiguously identified America's strategic imperative for the postinvasion conflict in Iraq -- preventing the birth of a fundamentalist Islamic empire spanning the entire Middle East -- al Qaeda's Caliphate. Source: American-Made: Al Qaeda's New Caliphate
Al Qaeda: Profile and Threat Assessment, Congressional Research Service, August 17, 2005
Al Qaeda: Statements and Evolving Ideology, Congressional Research Service, June 20, 2005