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Israel Probes West Bank, Al-Qaida Link

Israeli intelligence agencies are looking closely at the West Bank and Gaza strip for signs of ties between Saddam Hussein and the followers of Osama bin Laden. In recent months, an Israeli report says, Iraq has channeled millions of dollars to support Palestinian terror groups. But while al-Qaida and Palestinian militants, some backed by Iraq, share a hatred of Israelis and Americans and use similar methods, such as suicide attacks, Israeli intelligence sources say no link has yet been conclusively established between Saddam and al-Qaida. Iraq has not tried to hide its support for Palestinian militias that have killed hundreds of Israelis in shootings and bombings in the past 28 months of fighting. The Arab Liberation Front, a pro-Iraqi Palestinian group, says it has disbursed $35 million of Saddam’s money to relatives of Palestinians killed or wounded in the confrontations with Israel. Full Story

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