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US still close to Arab allies four years on

Four years after the September 11 attacks, the United States has maintained cordial ties with its Arab allies despite tensions over their democratic shortcomings and the Iraq invasion, regional analysts say. The 2003 war on Iraq launched as a consequence of the deadly attacks on US soil in 2001 provoked the ouster of Saddam Hussein, Washington’s top enemy in the Middle East, while another foe, Syria, came under pressure. But allies like Saudi Arabia, where most of the September 11 attackers came from, and Egypt, target of some bitter US criticism over its democracy record, won kudos from Washington in their efforts to fight against terrorism.Full Story

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