WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, Sunday said he sees five distinct threats remaining in Iraq, each of which require different defenses.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Myers said U.S. forces are dealing with remnants of the Baath Party and other Saddam loyalists who dream of coming back into power.
"Then you've got foreign fighters that are coming into Iraq," Myers said.
A group that had been in northeastern Iraq, Ansar al-Islam with ties to al-Qaida, is a growing presence, he said. "Then you've got the criminals, the criminal element that was let out of jail," he said.
Sunni extremists "that just want to almost be terrorists" are still another factor.
Yet, he said, "the public doesn't back any of those groups" and wants a different life than they had under the Baath party.