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Thailand Expels Eight Iraqis, Cites Security Fears

Thailand said on Thursday it was expelling another eight Iraqis, including one with links to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, on grounds of national security as the United States began an attack on Iraq. The move brings to 11 the number of Iraqis expelled from Thailand this week. On Wednesday, Thailand said it had asked three low-ranking Iraqi diplomats to leave, also for security reasons. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters the eight Iraqis had been posing as tourists but had been in Thailand for some time. He did not say if the Iraqis had already left the country. “One of the eight worked for a son of President Saddam Hussein,” Thaksin said. “If we allowed him to continue his stay here, he could commit an act of terrorism, which could threaten the lives of innocent Thais.” Full Story

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