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'Vigilant' at Home, Malaysia Is Eager To Help Aid Iraq

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in an interview that his government had apprehended about 50 people in the past three years with links to a wider network of Islamic terrorism. He said his country did not have a domestic terror problem at the moment “but remains vigilant” and so far has been able to keep a lid on Malaysian members of such groups. Speaking a few hours before meeting with President Bush on Monday, Abdullah, a former foreign minister who replaced Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister in October 2003, said his country was keen to help in the rebuilding of Iraq and to provide badly needed medical care. A month before coming here, Abdullah said, he had instructed his Defense Ministry to look into preparing a corps of several hundred doctors and paramedics to assist in providing medical services to the Iraqi people. Although the team would be composed of soldiers, he said, their duties would be strictly medical.Full Story

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