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Saudis, Libyans top foreign fighters
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13:59, November 23, 2007

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BAGHDAD: About 60 percent of the foreign militants fighting in Iraq have come from US allies Saudi Arabia and Libya, unidentified US military officials said in a newspaper report yesterday.

The New York Times said the information was found in documents uncovered in a US military raid on an insurgents' camp near Sinjar, in northwest Iraq near the Syrian border, in September.

Material seized at the camp, believed to be used by a cell responsible for smuggling the majority of foreign fighters into Iraq, showed the home towns of more than 700 foreign militants who entered Iraq since August 2006, the newspaper said.

A total of 305 of the foreign fighters listed in the documents, or 41 percent, were from Saudi Arabia. Another 137, or 18 percent, were Libyan. Yemenis were the third largest group, the newspaper said.

Officials also concluded that the number of foreign militants entering Iraq had dropped sharply in 2007, the report said, falling from 80 to 110 per month in the first half of the year to around 40 in October.

Syrians made up 8 percent of the individuals listed. In the article, military officials said most of the fighters had flown into Damascus or entered Syria through Jordan.


Source: China Daily/Agencies



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