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U.S. General Says Iraq Conflict Yields Data on Al Qaeda

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today that the Iraq conflict is providing important intelligence on the al Qaeda network rather than sapping resources from the war against international terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere, as some critics had predicted. “People should be assured there has not been any lessening of our ability to go after al Qaeda because of the operations in Iraq,” Gen. Richard B. Myers told reporters during a one-day visit to Afghanistan, his fifth stop in a tour of the Middle East and Asia. “In fact, just the opposite, we’re getting very good intelligence from operations in Iraq on the al Qaeda, and it’s been very helpful in understanding the network and tracking down some of the leadership.” Full Story

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