Iraq’s Studious Terrorists

24 January 2007: News that al-Qaida in Iraq plotted to smuggle terrorists into the U.S. using student visas, the entry vehicle of choice for terrorists worldwide, makes the deal to mint 21,000 new visas for Saudi students all the more insane.

The terror-exporting plot was revealed earlier this month in an unclassified statement the Defense Intelligence Agency chief submitted to the Senate.

“Documents captured in a raid on an al-Qaida safe house in Iraq revealed AQI was planning terrorist operations in the U.S.,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Maples.

The plot was disrupted when AQI leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed last year. But the risk remains. Saudis make up most of the foreign terrorists captured or killed in Iraq, so chances are high they’d be tapped for any martyrdom missions to attack the U.S. in the future.

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