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Iraqi Link to Two Abu Sayyaf Bomb Plots: Report

A cell phone used by a member of the Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremist group to call an Iraqi diplomat was later employed in a failed attempt to trigger a bomb, according to a confidential Philippine intelligence report. Iraqi Consul Husham Husain was expelled last week after the report claimed he received a call from an Abu Sayyaf member on October 3 last year, a day after a bomb in southern Zamboanga city killed a U.S. soldier and two other people. The caller was not identified. The Iraqi Embassy has denied any links to Philippine dissident groups, including the Abu Sayyaf, which is on a U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations and has been loosely linked to al Qaeda. Full Story

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