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Few al-Qaida Ties Seen in Iraq Arrests

U.S. forces in central Iraq have detained a handful of people suspected of ties to al-Qaida, but American intelligence officials describe them as mostly low-level operatives with unclear purposes in the country. Their presence is far from conclusive evidence that the Bush administration’s pre-war assertions about al-Qaida links to the Iraqi government were accurate, experts say. Like the hunt for Iraqi chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs, the search by intelligence and military teams in Iraq continues for proof of a link between Saddam Hussein’s government and al-Qaida. And as with the allegations regarding weapons, some Bush administration critics question whether the intelligence on such a link was exaggerated or mishandled. Full Story

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