NY Times, February 14:
American commanders in Iraq are expressing grave concerns that the overcrowded Abu Ghraib prison has become a breeding ground for extremist leaders and a school for terrorist foot soldiers.Another unnamed officer called Abu Ghraib "Jihad University" (not to be confused with the "Open University of Jihad").
..."Abu Ghraib is a graduate-level training ground for the insurgency," said an American commander in Iraq.
The US is holding nearly 15,000 people in Iraqi "detainee facilities," almost one-third at Abu Ghraib.
Forget the Vietnam analogies that some war opponents apply to Iraq. The conclusion of this article compares the situation to Soviet-era Afghanistan. The radical Islamists drawn to the fight are networking and learning to do all sorts of nasty things.
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