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Russia: Unaware of Iraq Links with Al Qaeda

Russia has no knowledge of links between Iraq and al Qaeda extremists, blamed by Washington for the September 11, 2001, suicide attacks, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said during a visit to Bulgaria on Thursday. “So far, neither Russia nor any other country has information about Iraq’s ties with al Qaeda. Nobody has provided us with such information…,” he told a news conference. President Bush said this week that Washington would provide evidence of banned Iraqi weapons and of links to terrorist groups at the U.N. Security Council next week. Ivanov said: “If we receive such information we will analyze it. Statements made so far are not backed by concrete documents and concrete facts.” Britain on Wednesday linked Iraq with Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, but said the extent of the ties was unclear. Full Story

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