Full text. The Developing Iraqi Insurgency:
Status at End-2004, by Anthony H. Cordesman. "It is important to note that Ambassador Bremer did this with strong encouragement – if not pressure – from Iraqi exile leaders like Ahmed Chalabi." But the US government is not a child who was led astray by Ahmed Chalabi. Come on. And why would Ahmed Chalabi be able to "pressure" the US government in the first place? And as for the foreign fighters, "foreign volunteers probably accounting for only 5 percent of [insurgency's] total force."