The Rise Of The Jihadists

With Saddam in captivity, are Islamic extremists playing a larger role in the anti-U.S. insurgency?

The five insurgents are gathered in a muddy field outside Baghdad, their faces shrouded behind scarves and illuminated only by the light of a full moon. They brandish an assortment of rocket-propelled grenades, mortar tubes, Strella missile launchers and Kalashnikovs--weapons they say they intend to use against American soldiers. The leader of the group, who says his name is Khaled, 31, claims his men conduct "regular" attacks against U.S. forces. Saddam Hussein's capture has done nothing to quell their deadly ambitions, because they are fired not by loyalty to the old regime but by religious zeal. As his charges scan the...

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