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Musharraf says Iraq war undermining battle against Al-Qaeda

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf complained that the war in Iraq was drawing resources from the battle against Al-Qaeda leaders and their supporters hiding in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In an interview to be broadcast Wednesday night on Australian public television SBS, Musharraf said his government was receiving “very minimal” assistance as it tried to pacify tribal areas along the Afghan border where leaders of Al-Qaeda and the former Afghan Taliban regime are believed hiding. Asked if the US-led Iraq war has been a distraction from the battle against Al-Qaeda and Taliban remnants by diverting resources from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Musharraf replied: “Yes indeed”. “Money needs to be spent in our tribal areas, where these Al-Qaeda … or Taliban government agents are, (where) we are operating against them,” he told the SBS news program Dateline in remarks that were released in advance. Full Story

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