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"After completing their training, the units will return to Iraq," the newspaper said.
"Israeli advisers are helping train US special
forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of
assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military
sources said yesterday.
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has sent urban
warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US special
forces, and according to two sources, Israeli military "consultants" have also
US forces in Iraq's Sunni triangle have already begun to use
tactics that echo Israeli operations in the occupied territories, sealing off
centres of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks
have been launched against US troops.
But the secret war in Iraq is about to
get much tougher, in the hope of suppressing the Ba'athist-led insurgency ahead
of next November's presidential elections.
US special forces teams are
already behind the lines inside Syria attempting to kill foreign jihadists
before they cross the border, and a group focused on the "neutralisation" of
guerrilla leaders is being set up, according to sources familiar with the
"This is basically an assassination programme. That is what is
being conceptualised here. This is a hunter-killer team," said a former senior
US intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced
cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle
"It is bonkers, insane. Here we are - we're already being compared to
Sharon in the Arab world, and we've just confirmed it by bringing in the
Israelis and setting up assassination teams."
"They are being trained by
Israelis in Fort Bragg," a well-informed intelligence source in Washington said."