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Britain Denies Playing Up Al Qaeda Link with Iraq

Britain denied Wednesday it was trying beef up the case for war with Iraq by highlighting possible links with the militant network al Qaeda, but insisted members of the group had been allowed to operate inside Iraq. Responding to a leaked British intelligence report which appeared to play down ties between Washington’s principal foes, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government said Saddam Hussein was offering a “permissive environment” for al Qaeda operatives. But it said the case for military action against Baghdad was still based on U.N. disarmament demands, not terror links. “There are unquestionably links between al Qaeda and Iraq,” Blair told parliament. “Just how far the links go … is a matter of speculation.” Full Story

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