It’s important to maintain the illusion that the insurgency is being led by foreign Islamic terrorists; the US and Pakistan are now alleging that they have broken the back of al Qaeda and that AQ have morphed into a global jihad movement. Where are there next generation of terrorists going to come from? According to top government officials they are currently training in Iraq.

Much of the discussion has focused on how to deal with the rise of a new generation of terrorists, schooled in Iraq over the past couple years. Top government officials are increasingly turning their attention to anticipate what one called “the bleed out” of hundreds or thousands of Iraq-trained jihadists back to their home countries throughout the Middle East and Western Europe. “It’s a new piece of a new equation,” a former senior Bush administration official said. “If you don’t know who they are in Iraq, how are you going to locate them in Istanbul or London?”

So the US is expanding the GWOT (global war on terror) to a global war on violent extremists. Gore Vidal will be pleased to know the US are no longer fighting a noun.

Washington Post