Middle East Newsline says that “European intelligence and security agencies are concerned that Al Qaida has been recruiting youngsters to fight against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.
“European officials said security agencies in countries such as Britain, France and Germany have detected signals of Al Qaida recruitment of volunteers to fight the U.S. military in Iraq. The officials said the recruitment effort targets both young Muslims as well as those as those who oppose the U.S. presence in Iraq.”
Hmm. Is the implication here that European non-Muslims are being recruited by Al-Qaeda?
“So far, information on the Al Qaida recruitment has been sketchy, officials said. But they said Iraq could become the magnet for Western youngsters and a focus for Islamic discontent.
“‘It’s incontestable that Iraq has become a factor of crisis, like other zones,’ Jean-Louis Bruguiere, France’s leading counter-insurgency judge, said. ‘In the long term, an Islamic movement that may try to head to a land where there are clashes between Muslims and non-Muslims.'”