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Iraq: Bremer Says Islamic Militants Have Returned


Prague, 10 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The top U.S. administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, is quoted as saying hundreds of Islamic militants who fled Iraq during the war have returned and are planning terrorist attacks. "The New York Times," in an interview published at the weekend, quotes Bremer as saying fighters from Ansar Al-Islam, a militant group allegedly linked to the Al-Qaeda terror network, have returned to Iraq from Iran.

He said intelligence suggests that Ansar Al-Islam is planning large-scale terrorist attacks, and coalition forces must be on alert. Bremer gave the interview in Baghdad on 8 August.

His comments come after a car bomb blast outside the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad on 7 August killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50.

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