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Iraqis in U.S. seen helping in terror war

The U.S. government is relying on anti-Saddam Iraqis in the United States to help prevent domestic terror attacks in case of a war, a senior law enforcement official said Monday. Far from being seen as a problem in the event of a war with Iraq, the tens of thousands of Iraqis in the United States generally are seen as an asset. “Most of the people of Iraqi origin (in this country) are people who fled Saddam Hussein’s Iraq … We’re seeking help from them,” the law enforcement official said. “Not that we don’t have some concern about some individuals from Iraq” who may be agents of the Iraqi regime. Meanwhile, the FBI has completed thousands of voluntary interviews with exiled Iraqis in the United States, asking for their help in uncovering intelligence about possible domestic terrorism. But the agency has thousands more interviews to go. “These interviews have been going on for a few months,” the official said. “They are mostly targeted at people who can help us” with intelligence. Full Story

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