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NATO Deadlocked Over Iraq, U.S. Raises Qaeda Fears

NATO struggled on Tuesday to repair one of the biggest rifts in its 54-year-old history, but France, Germany and Belgium gave no sign they would back alliance preparations for a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq. NATO Secretary-General George Robertson called off a key meeting of alliance ambassadors at the last minute, opting to try informal consultations to break the deadlock. A meeting was later scheduled for 6 p.m., an alliance official said. Serious differences of opinion over Iraq were laid bare at a meeting on Monday as the three European nations held up military deployments for NATO member Turkey intended to protect it from Iraqi retaliation if U.S. troops attack Iraq from Turkish soil. Full Story

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