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According to a source within the U.S. military and corroborated by Iraqi lawmakers, forty-five per cent of insurgents and suicide bombers are from Saudi Arabia, an "ally" of the United States in the region.

The L.A. Times has the story covering this embarrassment for the Bush Administration. Saudi Arabia is also the home, but not the current location, of Osama bin Laden and is believed to still be a source of much of al Qaeda's funding. It should be said that that funding is not believed to be from the Saudi government but from sympathetic civilians.

In the 1980s, the Saudi intelligence service sponsored Sunni Muslim fighters for the U.S.-backed Afghan mujahedin battling Soviet troops in Afghanistan. At the time, Saudi intelligence cultivated another man helping the Afghan fighters, Osama bin Laden, the future leader of Al Qaeda who would one day turn against the Saudi royal family and mastermind the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Indeed, Saudi Arabia has long been a source of a good portion of the money and manpower for Al Qaeda: 15 of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were Saudi.

People anxious to defend our alliance with Saudi Arabia will tell you that they too have been fighting al Qaeda since September 11th. But, that just makes it that much more likely that they are complicit in their citizens crossing the border into Iraq to fight the U.S. If they have a problem with radicals in their country, why not let them leave to cause havoc elsewhere.

Iraqi Shiite lawmaker Sami Askari, an advisor to Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, accused Saudi officials of a deliberate policy to sow chaos in Baghdad.

"The fact of the matter is that Saudi Arabia has strong intelligence resources, and it would be hard to think that they are not aware of what is going on," he said.

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