That is not normal at all for invading and colonizing a country with 160000 troops, and troops are safe !! Meanwhile Iraqis are killed in hundred per day !! How that a nation under occupation is lacking security and peace, more worse civil war is plotted as per hidden agenda that were conceived in Israel interpreted by Theirry Meyssan and the Tunisean writer about seven giant military bases in Iraq.
Associated France Press (AFP) 27/9/2006
US safer despite Iraq terror : US Intelligence chief
by Stephen Collinson
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US intelligence czar John Negroponte admitted the Iraq war was shaping a new generation of terrorists, but denied claims that a secret report said America was in more peril than in 2001.
Negroponte stepped into the furore over a leaked intelligence estimate which ignited a new row over President George W. Bush's claims ahead of November's congressional elections that the Iraq war has made the United States safer.
"The Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives," Negroponte said, using a previously scheduled dinner speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center to discuss the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE).
"However, should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight," Negroponte, the Director of National Intelligence, said.
"These stories left the incorrect impression that this NIE dealt principally with the relationship between Iraq and international terrorism," he said.
The New York Times Sunday quoted an official familiar with the report, entitled Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States, as saying that "the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse."
But Negroponte argued the report did not say the threat to the United States had increased.
"We are certainly more vigilant, we are better prepared, in that sense I think we can safely say that we are safer.
"The threat to the homeland itself has if anything been reduced since 9/11."
The White House earlier tried to defuse the row, but acknowledged that Iraq was among several factors that "fuel the spread of jihadism."
The report, consensus findings of 16 US intelligence agencies "assesses that a variety of factors, in addition to Iraq, fuel the spread of jihadism, including longstanding social grievances, slowness of the pace of reform, and the use of the Internet," spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.
Negroponte said he had received a request from the office of Republican Pat Roberts, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to declassify the report, which he said he would consider.
He said the report, completed in April, found that US-led counter-terrorism efforts had succeeded in severely disrupting Al-Qaeda and seriously damaging its leadership.
But he said the global jihadist movements was spreading and adapting to the US tactics and factors such as entrenched grievances against corruption, injustice and fear of Western domination were also being exploited by jihadists in the Muslim world.
The Washington Post said the report described the Iraq conflict as the primary recruiting vehicle for violent Islamic extremists.
"One thing that the reports do not say is that war in Iraq has made terrorism worse," said Snow, who also insisted that the new reports "contain nothing that the president hasn't said."
Bush has staunchly defended the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, even though the weapons of mass destruction he cited as the principal reason to attack have never been found, and frequently says that "the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power."
A senior adviser to Bush, Dan Bartlett, told CNN that the NIE "doesn't make any final judgments to say that America is less safe or not because of this. It's just saying that they use this to use as a recruitment tool."
In an interview with Fox New Channel, Bartlett said the war in Iraq was merely "the latest grievance" exploited by extremists to recruit followers.