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Weak Iraqi borders blamed for threat to foreign engineers


LAX IRAQI border controls are putting foreign engineers working in the country under threat from Iranian, Jordanian and Syrian terrorists, UK based Iraqi engineers have warned All foreign engineers working in Iraq risk becoming terrorist targets because native Iraqis are unable to protect them from border country terrorist groups.

'Iraqis don't have a problem with the British, but the Palestinians and Jordanians will target them, ' warned Mohammed Alderajy, vice president of UK-based Iraqi engineers' group, Al Kindi.

Alderajy was speaking following the murder of British civil engineer Ken Bigley by a gang thought to be led by Jordanian born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Bigley had been working with Abu Dhabi based construction company Gulf Supplies & Commercial Services in Iraq when he was taken hostage on 16 September.

He is reported to have been beheaded by his captors after a failed escape attempt.

'Our deepest and sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Ken Bigley.

We condemn the barbaric killing of Mr Bigley and feel extremely sorry for the way he was treated, ' said Alderajy.

But he added that all foreign engineers working in Iraq were potential terrorist targets, even those with a long history of working in the country.

'It's not like it was in the 1980s when British engineers mixed with Iraqis. Under occupation, Iraqis cannot support or defend British and US engineers without risking their own lives.

'Circumstances are different this time because terrorist groups want to stop reconstruction, ' said Alderajy.

He said all British engineers or engineers working for British companies in Iraq were potential terrorist targets, especially in Baghdad and western Iraq.

Alderajy advised foreign engineers to leave the reconstruction work to Iraqis until the country became safer.

He said, 'You can earn a lot of money in Iraq, but it's not worth it. If you've got blue eyes and blonde hair, you will be easily targeted.

'There are 80,000 engineers in Iraq and 60% are unemployed.

If an Arab company employs British engineers, it makes a very uncomfortable environment.'

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