U.S. Accuses Iraq of Stoking Mideast Conflict

(Financial Times - UK) Richard Wolffe - Saddam Hussein is stoking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to divert Arab and world attention from his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, according to U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith. "Iraq is purposefully and systematically aggravating Palestinian-Israeli relations," he said, citing Iraqi payments to families of Palestinian suicide bombers. "[Hussein] may think that the more he can encourage terrorist bombings against the Israelis, the more the world is diverted from the issue of his tyranny, his weapons of mass destruction programs, his terrorist activities."

2002-07-30 00:00:00

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