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Britain's Straw Says Iraq Lets Al Qaeda Operate

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Wednesday the extent of links between Iraq and al Qaeda was unclear but that President Saddam Hussein was providing a “permissive environment” for the network to operate. Responding to a leaked British intelligence report which appeared to play down ties between Washington’s principal foes, Straw also said the case for military action against Baghdad was still based on U.N. disarmament demands, not terror links. “What we perceive in terms of intelligence is that the Iraqi regime appears to be allowing a permissive environment in which al Qaeda is able to operate,” Straw told BBC radio. Full Story

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