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Spy chief warns al-Qaida will likely use Iraq war as recruiting drive

Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network could use anti-Western sentiment generated among Muslims by a war in Iraq to fuel a recruiting drive, Australia’s intelligence chief said Monday. “Bin Laden, forever the opportunist, will continue to seek to capitalize on issues and events for his own propaganda purposes in the hope that it will feed him more recruits,” said Dennis Richardson, director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization. Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Sydney, Richardson said a war in Iraq may influence the timing of some terrorist attacks, but even a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis would not prevent more attacks from happening. “Al-Qaida will seek to follow through on whatever it may be planning at present and its targets of first choice will remain innocent civilians,” Richardson said. Full Story

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