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Iraq rejects al-Qaeda links

Iraq has categorically rejected United States allegations that it has links to Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, US President George W Bush said Iraq had links to terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, and might supply weapons of mass destruction to militants. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair echoed Mr Bush’s comments in parliament on Wednesday, but said the connection between Iraq and al-Qaeda was unclear. As the war of words continued, the UN Security Council met behind closed door in New York to discuss Monday’s report from chief weapons inspectors. As the Council was meeting, Iraq’s Ambassador to the UN, Mohammad al-Douri, said Baghdad would co-operate “pro-actively” with weapons inspectors. Full Story

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