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US war on Iraq will unravel "anti-terror coalition," Saudi cleric warns

A prominent Saudi religious scholar has denounced the “reckless” US military campaign against Iraq, warning Washington that it would lead to the collapse of its vaunted “anti-terror coalition.” “I am confident that the US administration has committed a grave mistake by going into this unjust war which will harm its interests in the long term, starting with the unraveling of the so-called ‘anti-terror coalition’,” said Sheikh Salman al-Odah, a formerly dissident cleric, in a statement faxed to AFP. Odah said the objective of the war launched by the United States Thursday was to instal an Iraqi regime “that would project an acceptable image of democracy, albeit one tailored to American interests” with a “controlled” form of political participation. Such a regime in Baghdad would “actively participate in future intelligence missions” and provide a springboard for “military campaigns against this or that (Islamic) country,” he said. Full Story

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