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Powell Refutes Think-Tank Report on Iraq

Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Thursday that he saw no “smoking gun, concrete evidence” of ties between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida terror network, but insisted that Iraq had dangerous weapons and needed to be disarmed by force. Speaking at a State Department news conference, Powell openly disagreed with a private think tank report which maintained that Iraq was not an imminent threat to the United States. And the secretary defended the case he made before the United Nations for a U.S.-led war to force Saddam from power. “My presentation … made it clear that we had seen some links and connections to terrorists organizations over time,” Powell said. “I have not seen smoking gun, concrete evidence about the connection, but I do believe the connections existed.” Full Story

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