March 17, 2008

Al-Qaeda bet on explosive vest

The explosive vest has become the weapon of choice for Al-Qaeda in Iraq, with most jihadists nowadays wearing the lethal garment and the number of suicide attacks rising.

Military operations by Iraqi and US forces had put the jihadists to flight, leaving them less capable of carrying out car and roadside bombings. The US military in Iraq had tracked an increase in requests by Al-Qaeda leaders for foreign fighters to become human bombs.

A suicide bomber wearing a vest can become a useful tool for them to take part in the violence, so Al-Qaeda will try to increase the numbers of foreign fighters coming into the country for that purpose. However, measures by countries such as Saudi Arabia and Syria to stop foreign fighters slipping across the border into Iraq has reduced the number of available recruits. Whereas a year ago around 100 foreign fighters a month were sneaking into Iraq, this number had been reduced to 40 to 50 a month.

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