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Panel Underscores White House Differences

The chairman of the Sept. 11 commission said Sunday that al-Qaida had much more interaction with Iran and Pakistan than it did with Iraq, underscoring a controversy over the Bush administration’s insistence there was collaboration between the terrorist organization and Saddam Hussein. Thomas Kean made the comment even as he and other commissioners tried to steer clear of the debate over one of the administration’s primary justifications for invading Iraq. “We believe … that there were a lot more active contacts, frankly, with Iran and with Pakistan than there were with Iraq,” said Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey. “Al-Qaida didn’t like to get involved with states, unless they were living there. They got involved with Sudan, they got involved … where they lived, but otherwise no,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” Full Story

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