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FBI Searches for Iraqi Spies in U.S.

The FBI is questioning as many as 50,000 Iraqis living in the United States in a search for potential terrorist cells, spies or people who might provide information helpful to a U.S. war effort. Agents have fanned out across the country to interview Iraqis in their homes and where they work, study and worship. A senior government official, describing the program to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the interviews began about six weeks ago and will last several months. The FBI is looking for people who might wish to harm America or whose visas have expired. The agency also is seeking those who might be interested in helping the United States overthrow Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president whose rule many of them fled. About 300,000 people of Iraqi origin living in the United States, according to the Iraqi-American Council. There are large Iraqi communities in Michigan, California, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Full Story

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