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Castro: I Warned Saddam to Leave Kuwait

Cuban leader Fidel Castro said he repeatedly warned Saddam Hussein to leave Kuwait after the 1990 invasion but that the former Iraqi dictator’s “mistakes” did not justify the U.S.-led war. Castro, who was in Venezuela for one day to meet with leftist President Hugo Chavez, said he tried on numerous occasions to persuade Saddam to withdraw from Kuwait, warning the Iraqi leader that, not just Western countries, but also Arab nations, would turn against him. Castro called Saddam’s invasion of Iran “absolutely unjust,” during an interview late Monday with Venezuela’s state-run television station, Venezolana de Television. “The other big mistake that never should have been made was the occupation of Kuwait,” he added, wearing his olive-green fatigues for the interview on Venezuela’s La Orchila island. Full Story

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