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Iraq a haven for al-Qaeda, Powell says

Tied to European attacks: Baghdad cell was trained in chemical, biological weapons by Iraqis, U.S. says. Iraq has been working secretly with Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network since the mid-1990s, and provided chemical and biological weapons training to al-Qaeda members, Colin Powell, the U.S. Secretary of State, charged yesterday. In his address to the UN Security Council, Mr. Powell accused Saddam Hussein of training al-Qaeda terrorists and harbouring an Iraq-based cell responsible for bomb and poison plots in Europe. He also linked Iraq for the first time to Islamic militants who were arrested recently in London planning an attack with the deadly toxin ricin. The Iraqi cell was also behind the recent murder of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan, Mr. Powell said. Full Story

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