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Rumsfeld: Al Qaeda Involved in Iraq Attacks

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, arriving on an unannounced visit to the Gulf, said on Sunday al Qaeda guerrillas were among insurgents launching deadly attacks in Iraq to spark civil war there. But he vowed democracy would take root in the unsettled country despite current “untidiness.” Rumsfeld flew to Kuwait on Iraq’s southern border — his fourth visit to the region since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March — and said attempts by “terrorists” to thwart elections in Iraq would fail. “They clearly are involved and active,” the secretary responded when pressed on whether al Qaeda, blamed for devastating 2001 attacks on America, were involved in Iraq. Pentagon officials said Friday they had no proof any of the several hundred foreigners held in Iraq were al Qaeda members. “We have seen information that terrorists are trying to foment strife between the religious and ethnic groups” in Iraq, he said. Full Story

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