Iraq insurgency increasingly made up of criminals, says Joint Chiefs head Bernard Hibbitts at 4:50 PM ET
[JURIST] The insurgency in Iraq is increasingly made up of organized crime and hired criminals, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers [official profile] said Tuesday after visiting the country. Myers acknowledged that Saddam Hussein loyalists and insurgents from other countries are still a threat, but more of those arrested [Defense Department news release] by US and Iraqi forces are criminals. Myers said his assessment was based on talking to those he visited with throughout the country. Myers said he expected violence to ramp up again prior to another round of elections this summer. He would not say when he thought US forces would be able to begin withdrawing from the country. It was his first trip to Iraq since the Jan. 30 elections were held. Following his visit to Iraq, Myers traveled on to Afghanistan [Defense Department news release], where he said progress continued to be made. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.