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Saddam Confidant Linked to Terror Group

A senior member of Saddam Hussein’s ousted government is believed to be helping coordinate attacks on American forces with members of an al-Qaida-linked terrorist group, a senior defense official said Wednesday. Two captured members of Ansar al-Islam have said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is helping to coordinate their attacks, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. That information is the first solid evidence of links between remnants of Saddam’s regime and the non-Iraqi fighters responsible for at least some of the attacks on U.S. forces and their Iraqi allies, the official said. Pentagon officials say Ansar al-Islam, which operated in northern Iraq before its camp was destroyed during the war, poses one of the greatest threats in Iraq. Military commanders have said they believe hundreds of non-Iraqi fighters from Ansar have entered Iraq to fight the U.S.-led occupation, many of them through neighboring Iran. Full Story

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