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Iraq Minister Cites Threat of Hussein Loyalists

Iraq’s outgoing interior minister said Tuesday that forces loyal to former president Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party posed the greatest security challenge to the next government and that their influence and capability grew while U.S. and Iraqi troops were focusing counterinsurgency efforts on foreign fighters. The threat from groups such as al Qaeda in Iraq, led by the Jordanian Abu Musab Zarqawi, has waned in recent months, said Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, a powerful and polarizing figure in Iraq’s Shiite Muslim-dominated cabinet whose term expires early next year. Full Story

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