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Iraq war 'boost' to al-Qaeda fear

The Iraq conflict may have hampered the battle to defeat international terrorism, an influential group of MPs have warned. In its latest report, the House of Commons foreign affairs committee also argues that nearly two years on from the 11 September atrocity it cannot conclude the threat from al-Qaeda has diminished. In fact, the MPs say, the terror organisation continues to pose “a substantial threat to British citizens” and it still has a “dangerously large number of foot soldiers” and the resources to finance terror attacks. “Al-Qaeda’s stance on Iraq, may encourage some misguided individuals to try to commit terrorist acts,” the report says. But Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell said the removal of Saddam Hussein had taken away a “sponsor of terrorism”. Full Story

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