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More troops to be sent; terror link claim

Additional U.S. and British troops were expected to deploy to the Persian Gulf to reinforce coalition forces fighting the Iraqi military, and British intelligence officials said they now have evidence of a direct link between the Iraqis and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. British intelligence officers said they had evidence of a direct link between the Iraqi forces and al-Qaida. They have learned that up to a dozen al-Qaida volunteers were fighting alongside the pro-Baghdad guerilla forces in the town of As Zubaya outside Basra. After a British raid on the Baath party headquarters in As Zubaya Wednesday to capture the local paramilitary leaders, Arabic-speaking intelligence officers interrogated the captured defenders. They were told that volunteers from al-Qaida were taking part in the town’s defense and helping to organize the pro-Baghdad resistance. Transcripts of the interrogations have been shared with U.S. military intelligence. Full Story

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