Thank you for the link to the article....but I am a little confused....The headline of the article states,
"Foreign detainees are few in Iraq"
Perhaps I have misunderstood your point in your first post in this thread...
" I do know most of the people killing Iraqis and attacking the Coalition troops are foreign nationals from Iran, Jordan, Syria and the Arabian Peninsula. And they are far from freedom fighters."
It seems like that says that most of those who are attacking the coalition troops are not from Iraq, and are foreign militants.
The article states that,
"Suspected foreign fighters account for less than 2% of the 5,700 captives being held as security threats in Iraq, a strong indication that Iraqis are largely responsible for the stubborn insurgency."
As of August,(The date of the article) there were 5,700 detainees of which 90 were foreign nationals...
And of those 90, one half were Syrian...
By reading the article I am convinced that there are very few foreign nationals in combat positions in Iraq, and that the great majority of the insurgents are Iraqi citizens..Something I suspected all along, but had no real information to back it up.
To answer the question posted at the beginning of the thread....I would say that the insurgents, for the most part. are Iraqi citizens fighting for a much different kind of "freedom" than is being imposed on them by the coalition.
Not only do the insurgents want the coalition to leave, a great many Iraqi citizens seem to desire that same exodus.
The last poll I can find that states the acceptance of the coalition invasion, or its rejection by Iraqis, is by Gallup, taken In May of this year....it states that ..
"The poll results (also) belie the notion that a majority of Iraqis want U.S. and British troops to stay on for an extended period. Instead, 57 percent want those troops to leave "immediately."
Our government officials have continuously insisted that the majority of Iraqi citizens want us to stay...but I think I have found the spin.....the poll states that the Kurdish population (about 19% of the total population) greatly supports the occupation..So that's where they must be taking their polls
"Ninety-seven percent of Kurds view those forces as liberators. In the Sunni and Shiite regions that sentiment is 10 percent and 7 percent, respectively."
The entire report can be seen at...
I don't mean to go way off topic, but I think this relates to the question first asked by John....