Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez said in Baghdad on Tuesday the number of foreign resistance troops was “probably a couple of hundred”…
Sanchez also confirmed the detention of 20 men thought to have ties with Usama bin Ladin’s al-Qaida organisation.
These are photos from Al Qaeda bombings in Basra and Riyadh. There are also crumpled bodies in those buildings, children and women, lots of them “from developing countries including India, Bangladesh and Pakistan … Brought in at first to do jobs such as bottle washing and house cleaning, many also now work for multinational companies, buoying the country’s middle class.”
America is engaging Terrorism.
America is engaging Al Qaeda in Iraq. As an interesting little side-effect the Development of Iraq will force Saudi Arabia to diversify their economy. They could invest their billions in Education and Computers. Or get the Monarchy rich (Official/BBC Profiles). Whatever.
Kings are so 1776.
“EIU forecasts say the [Saudi] economy could expand 4.6% this year driven by increased output of crude oil, after growth of just 1% in 2002.
Next year, however, growth is tipped to slow to 1.4% as Iraqi oil comes on the market again and Saudi Arabia no longer has to make up the shortfall. ”