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Bombers, Bank Accounts, and Bleedout: al-Qa`ida's Road in and Out of Iraq

West Point's second report on Al Qaeda's networks used to funnel foreign fighters into Iraq titled, "Bombers, Bank Accounts and Bleedout: al-Qa'ida's Road In and Out of Iraq," goes deeper in depth into who was really behind the influx of terrorists, how it was accomplished, and a range of options that might be applied to prevent it from happening. The report gives great insight into just how NATO and the Persian Gulf states are using Al Qaeda to now destabilize Syria.
Bombers, Bank Accounts, and Bleedout: al-Qa`ida's Road in and Out of Iraq

West Point's second report on Al Qaeda's networks used to funnel foreign fighters into Iraq titled, "Bombers, Bank Accounts and Bleedout: al-Qa'ida's Road In and Out of Iraq," goes deeper in depth into who was really behind the influx of terrorists, how it was accomplished, and a range of options that might be applied to prevent it from happening. The report gives great insight into just how NATO and the Persian Gulf states are using Al Qaeda to now destabilize Syria.

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Foreword
 
The
 
Combating
 
Terrorism
 
Center
 
at
 
West
 
Point
 
(CTC)
 
launched
 
the
 
Harmony
 
Project
 
in
 
order
 
to
 
release
 
and
 
analyze
 
documents
 
from
 
the
 
Department
 
of
 
Defense’s
 
classified
 
Harmony
 
Database.
 
The
 
Harmony
 
Project
 
unearths
 
and
 
releases
 
documents
 
that
 
reveal
 
the
 
inner
functioning
 
of
 
al
Qa`ida,
 
its
 
associated
 
movements,
 
and
 
other
 
security
 
threats.
 
Harmony
 
documents
 
released
 
 by
 
the
 
CTC
 
are
 
always
 
accompanied
 
 by
 
an
 
analytical
 
report,
 
 but
 
the
 
primary
 
purpose
 
of
 
this
 
process
 
is
 
to
 
make
 
these
 
primary
 
sources
 
available
 
to
 
other
 
scholars.
 
Rather
 
than
 
the
 
final
 
word,
 
CTC
 
Harmony
 
reports
 
should
 
 be
 
considered
 
an
 
invitation
 
to
 
further
 
scholarship.
 
This
 
is
 
the
 
CTC’s
 
fifth
 
major
 
Harmony
 
Report.
 
The
 
first,
 
Harmony
 
and
 
Disharmony:
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
Organizational
 
Vulnerabilities
 ,
 
explored
 
ways
 
to
 
introduce
 
doubt
 
and
 
mistrust
 
into
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
 bureaucracy.
 
The
 
second,
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
(mis)Adventures
 
in
 
the
 
Horn
 
of 
 
 Africa
 ,
 
revealed
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
frustrated
 
efforts
 
to
 
infiltrate
 
East
 
Africa.
 
The
 
third,
 
Cracks
 
in
 
the
 
Foundation:
 
Leadership
 
Debates
 
in
 
al
Qa`ida
 ,
 
described
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
most
 
important
 
internal
 
disagreements,
 
including
 
on
 
the
 
wisdom
 
of
 
the
 
9/11
 
attacks.
 
The
 
fourth,
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
Foreign
 
Fighters
 
in
 
Iraq:
 
 A
 
First
 
Look
 
at
 
the
 
Sinjar
 
Records
 ,
 
was
 
 based
 
on
 
al
Qa`ida
 
in
 
Iraq’s
 
personnel
 
records
 
for
 
fighters
 
entering
 
Iraq
 
through
 
Syria.
 
This
 
report,
 
Bombers,
 
Bank
 
 Accounts,
 
and
 
Bleedout:
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
Road
 
In
 
and
 
Out
 
of 
 
Iraq
 ,
 
expands
 
on
 
the
 
first
 
Sinjar
 
Report,
 
introducing
 
new
 
documents
 
and
 
new
 
analysis
 
to
 
provide
 
a
 
 better
 
picture
 
of
 
al
Qa`ida
 
in
 
Iraq’s
 
operations
 
and
 
its
 
prospects
 
for
 
the
 
future.
 
This
 
report
 
could
 
not
 
have
 
 been
 
completed
 
with
 
the
 
support
 
of
 
numerous
 
people.
 
The
 
Department
 
of
 
Social
 
Sciences
 
at
 
West
 
Point,
 
led
 
 by
 
Department
 
Head
 
Colonel
 
Michael
 
Meese
 
and
 
Deputy
 
Department
 
Head
 
Colonel
 
Cindy
 
 Jebb,
 
constantly
 
encourage
 
the
 
CTC
 
to
 
continue
 
to
 
find
 
new
 
ways
 
of
 
understanding
 
contemporary
 
threats.
 
The
 
CTC
 
itself
 
is
 
 blessed
 
with
 
exemplary
 
leadership.
 
Outgoing
 
Director
 
LTC
 
 Joseph
 
Felter
 
has
 
led
 
the
 
CTC
 
with
 
tremendous
 
energy,
 
excitement,
 
and
 
focus.
 
The
 
Incoming
 
Director,
 
MAJ
 
Reid
 
Sawyer,
 
has
 
the
 
vision,
 
intelligence,
 
and
 
tenacity
 
to
 
lead
 
the
 
CTC
 
to
 
even
 
more
 
success.
 
1
 
Editor’s
 
Note
 
This
 
report
 
is
 
structured
 
differently
 
than
 
previous
 
Harmony
 
Reports.
 
Unlike
 
earlier
 
reports,
 
we
 
divided
 
this
 
text
 
into
 
chapters
 
credited
 
to
 
specific
 
authors.
 
The
 
views
 
expressed
 
in
 
this
 
report
 
are
 
those
 
of 
 
the
 
authors
 
and
 
not
 
of 
 
the
 
US
 
 Military
 
 Academy,
 
the
 
Department
 
of 
 
the
 
 Army,
 
or
 
any
 
other
 
agency
 
of 
 
the
 
US
 
Government.
 
We
 
intentionally
 
approached
 
authors
 
with
 
very
 
different
 
perspectives:
 
academics,
 
 journalists,
 
and
 
individuals
 
with
 
extensive
 
experience
 
traveling
 
on
 
 both
 
sides
 
of
 
the
 
Syrian/Iraqi
 
 border.
 
The
 
CTC
 
hopes
 
that
 
this
 
approach
 
demonstrates
 
how
 
Harmony
 
Documents
 
can
 
 be
 
used
 
 by
 
academics,
 
 journalists,
 
and
 
government
 
agencies
 
to
 
understand
 
al
Qa`ida
 
and
 
the
 
situation
 
in
 
Iraq.
 
Chapter
 
2,
 
 by
 
 Joseph
 
Felter
 
and
 
I,
 
is
 
 based
 
largely
 
on
 
our
 
previous
 
CTC
 
report
 
 based
 
on
 
the
 
Sinjar
 
Records,
 
al
Qa`ida’s
 
Foreign
 
Fighters
 
in
 
Iraq:
 
 A
 
First
 
Look
 
at
 
the
 
Sinjar
 
Records.
 
We
 
have
 
enjoyed
 
the
 
opportunity
 
to
 
take
 
a
 
second
 
look
 
at
 
these
 
documents.
 
Chapter
 
4,
 
which
 
is
 
 based
 
almost
 
entirely
 
on
 
the
 
personal
 
travels
 
of
 
the
 
author,
 
is
 
written
 
anonymously
 
to
 
protect
 
 both
 
the
 
author
 
and
 
his
 
sources
 
on
 
the
 
ground
 
in
 
Syria
 
and
 
Iraq.
 
It
 
has
 
 been
 
a
 
pleasure
 
to
 
work
 
with
 
Peter
 
Bergen,
 
Vahid
 
Brown,
 
 Joseph
 
Felter,
 
and
 
 Jacob
 
Shapiro
 
on
 
this
 
project.
 
Their
 
insight
 
and
 
perspective
 
is
 
invaluable.
 
The
 
group
 
has
 
also
 
 been
 
very
 
patient
 
as
 
we
 
worked
 
through
 
the
 
sometimes
 
frustrating
 
process
 
of
 
releasing
 
previously
 
classified
 
documents—a
 
process
 
slowed
 
further
 
 by
 
my
 
own
 
travels
 
and
 
research
 
agenda.
 
Dr.
 
Assaf
 
Moghadam
 
provided
 
immense
 
support
 
to
 
the
 
production
 
of
 
this
 
report
 
and
 
to
 
reshaping
 
the
 
CTC’s
 
Harmony
 
Project.
 
Assaf’s
 
humility
 
and
 
professionalism
 
are
 
a
 
credit
 
to
 
him
 
and
 
an
 
example
 
to
 
 both
 
his
 
colleagues
 
at
 
the
 
CTC
 
and
 
the
 
cadets
 
at
 
West
 
Point.
 
Katherine
 
Cleary
 
provided
 
exceptional
 
support
 
as
 
well.
 
She
 
copy
edited
 
the
 
entire
 
project,
 
finding
 
and
 
fixing
 
many
 
substantive
 
and
 
grammatical
 
miscues.
 
The
 
report
 
is
 
 better
 
 because
 
of
 
her
 
effort.
 
For
 
questions
 
about
 
this
 
report,
 
please
 
contact
 
the
 
individual
 
authors
 
directly
 
or
 
Brian
 
Fishman
 
at:
 
 
Brian
 
Fishman
 
 July
 
22,
 
2008
 
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