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Syria Blames U.S. 'Terrorism' in Iraq

The Syrian foreign ministry called on the United States to pull its troops out of Iraq, saying their presence has led to chaos and terrorism, according to remarks published Wednesday. There was no terrorism problem in Iraq when the United States entered the country, a spokeswoman for Syria’s foreign ministry said in an interview with the London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. “Now, there is the problem of terrorism and of al-Qaida,” Bushra Kanafani said in published remarks. In Washington, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli downplayed Kanafani’s comments. “The analysis is faulty, to say the least,” Ereli said. Leaders of al-Qaida, accused in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, have called on Muslim militants to strike Americans in Iraq. U.S. officials, however, say there is no firm evidence the terror network is organizing guerrillas in Iraq. Full Story

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