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Bush, Blair Say Iraq War Is Not Cause of Attacks

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair declared Thursday that the invasion of Iraq was not to blame for the recent wave of terrorist violence and that the bombs that devastated two British facilities in Turkey proved the need to press ahead with the military campaign. “Our mission in Iraq is noble and it is necessary, and no act of thugs or killers will change our resolve or alter their fate,” Bush said at a joint news conference with Blair, as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on the city’s streets to protest the Iraq war. “We will finish the job we have begun.” The two leaders spoke hours after Britain was stunned by the news that two truck bombs aimed at British targets had killed at least 27 people in Istanbul. British civilian facilities had until now escaped being targeted in the terrorist attacks that have followed those of Sept. 11, 2001. Full Story

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