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Syria Harbors Iraqis and Grants Transit to Hezbollah, U.S. Asserts

Syria is allowing some members of Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim militant group based in Lebanon, to travel from Syrian-controlled southern Lebanon to Iraq, current and former United States intelligence officials said today. Senior Bush administration officials also continued to accuse Syria of helping members of Saddam Hussein’s family and leadership circle to escape to Syria from Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the United States government had “intelligence that indicates that some Iraqi people have been allowed into Syria — in some cases to stay and some cases to transit.” He did not identify the Iraqis, or indicate whether they were leaders in Saddam Hussein’s government. Syrian officials have denied the accusations. An American intelligence official said that no senior Iraqi had been identified as having crossed into Syria, but suspicions remained strong that some of Mr. Hussein’s top aides had fled to Damascus. Full Story

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