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Bush's Iraq a Magnet for Terrorists – Saudi Envoy

Far from quelling a terrorist threat, President Bush’s war on Iraq created a new one, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain said on Thursday. “When the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, the promise of bringing peace and security was important in the expositions of both the American and British leaderships,” Prince Turki al-Faisal said. “Unfortunately, that promise still has to be realized. The daily firefights, explosions and violence are making even those who believed the initial promise skeptical,” he told a conference at London’s Royal United Services Institute. “Instead of removing the terrorist threat which President Bush saw in Saddam’s Iraq, we find today that Mr Bush’s Iraq has become a magnet for terrorists,” Prince Turki said. The United States has blamed foreign Islamic militants, as well as loyalists of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, for guerrilla attacks that have killed 195 American soldiers since Bush declared major combat in Iraq over on May 1. Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. regional ally, opposed the war despite tensions with Iraq since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Full Story

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