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Two Panelists Detail Allies' Al Qaeda Ties

The chairman and another member of the Sept. 11 commission said Sunday that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, two key U.S. allies in the war on terrorism, had turned a blind eye to Al Qaeda operations and operatives in their countries for years before the terrorist group struck the United States in 2001. Republican commissioner John F. Lehman said on the NBC program “Meet the Press” that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had before Sept. 11 “been paying a kind of blackmail by allowing a kind of free operations” to Islamic radicals affiliated with Al Qaeda, which protected the two nations from attacks within their borders. Full Story

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