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Gadhafi: Terror War Has Helped al-Qaida

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said the U.S.-led war on terror has strengthened al-Qaida because Muslims have perceived the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as aggression against Islam and attempts to spread American influence. In an interview airing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gadhafi stressed that Libya was cooperating with the United States to fight terrorism and the “common enemy” of al-Qaida. But he criticized America’s foreign policy as colonialist and controlled by Jewish groups. He also said America’s targeting of al-Qaida’s leader — Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden — has transformed him into “a symbol for defending the Islamic world.” He did not elaborate. Full Story

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