report by Joseph Felter, Brian Fishman dated December 2007
, Iraq Source: Combating Terrorism Center, West PointAuthor's Note
Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq: A First Look at the Sinjar Records is the latest in a series of reports from the Combating Terrorism Center drawing on newly released information from captured al-Qa’ida documents maintained in the Defense Department’s Harmony Data Base. The report is a preliminary analysis of records containing background information on foreign fighters entering Iraq via Syria over the last year. The data used in this report was coded from English translations of these records and undoubtedly contains some inaccuracies due to imprecise translation as well as through errors in the transcription process. The CTC plans further studies based on the Sinjar Records and expects to hone and improve the accuracy of our database as we do so.
The authors thank James Phillips, CTC Harmony Project Manager, for significant assistance coordinating and compiling the information and documents as well as CTC Staff members Sherwet Witherington, Vahid Brown, and Warren Polensky for their research and editorial support. We also thank Colonel Mike Meese and Colonel Cindy Jebb-Head and Deputy Head of the US Military Academy Department of Social Sciences- for their continued support of the CTC’s Harmony Project.
The views expressed in this report are the authors’ and do not reflect the U.S. Military Academy, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
- Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman
- Combating Terrorism Center
- Department of Social Sciences
- US Military Academy
- West Point, New York
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