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Saddam denies links to terrorists

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has denied allegations by the US and UK that Iraq has links with Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. “If we had a relationship with al-Qaeda, and we believed in that relationship, we wouldn’t be ashamed to admit it,” the Iraqi leader said in a rare interview, conducted by the former British MP Tony Benn and broadcast on Channel Four television. There has been considerable scepticism worldwide about alleged links between Saddam Hussein – a secular dictator – and Osama Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist. The transmission of the interview comes a day before US Secretary of State Colin Powell is to present to the UN what he says is evidence that Iraq is developing banned weapons of mass destruction – another allegation denied by Saddam Hussein. Full Story

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