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Rumsfeld: Al Qaeda to up attacks as Iraq handover nears

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday he thinks al Qaeda may step up attacks in Iraq in the next few weeks. “There’s a major effort [by al Qaeda] going on right now because of the U.S. decision to pass sovereignty on to Iraqis,” Rumsfeld said, referring to the scheduled political handover to an interim Iraqi government on June 30. In an interview with CNN, Rumsfeld said U.S. intelligence has intercepted al Qaeda communications “where they’ve indicated that they recognize that it’s harder for them once the Iraqis again are managing their own country … so I expect to see that they’ll continue to put the heat on it, especially during this period.” Full Story

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