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Senate Report Sees No Formal Iraq-Qaeda Ties

Contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda in the 1990s never led to a formal relationship and there is no evidence Iraq helped conduct an al Qaeda attack, a report by a bipartisan Senate committee said on Friday. The findings by the Senate Intelligence Committee came less than a month after the government-established commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said there was no evidence of a “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and Osama bin Laden’s Islamic militant network. Assertions that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and could provide chemical or biological agents to al Qaeda for attacks on the United States were a main justification for President Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq. Full Story

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