No big shocker here.
Portions of a declassified intelligence report state that the war in Iraq is becoming a "cause celebre" for Islamic extremists.
And as the Associated Press notes, the report is at odds with the Bush Administratin's assertion that the world is safer now, because of the Iraq war.
The report says that despite the damage done to al Qaeda's leadership, the threat from Islamic extremism is spreading both in numbers, and in geographic reach. The report goes on to say "If this trend continues, threats to U.S. interests at home and abroad will become more diverse, leading to increasing attacks worldwide. The confluence of shared purpose and dispersed actors will make it harder to find and undermine jihadist groups."