Four suspects have been arrested in yesterday’s mosque bombing in Iraq, which killed more than 100. Two of the suspects are Iraqis, and two–surprise–are Saudis. The suspects said that: “a recent wave of bombings were designed to keep Iraq in a state of chaos so that police and American forces would be unable to focus attention on the country’s porous borders, where suspected foreign fighters are believed to be infiltrating.”
I don’t think the administration adopted the “flypaper” theory on purpose, but if al Qaeda members and other terrorists want to congregate in Iraq, it’s a relatively good place for them. We’ve had great success combatting al Qaeda elsewhere, and I don’t see any reason why that success shouldn’t be repeated in Iraq. The key is intelligence, of course, and capturing these four suspects may be a good start.
UPDATE: The number of suspects apprehended is now up to at least nineteen, as the original four apparently talked pretty freely. Most of those are al Qaeda-connected foreigners who entered Iraq recently.
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