[lit-ideas] AP: Putin Says Russia Warned U.S. About Attacks by Iraq

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  • Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 12:56:32 EDT

Putin Says Russia Warned U.S. About Attacks by Iraq
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (June 18) -- Russia gave the Bush administration 
intelligence after the September 11 attacks that suggested Saddam Hussein's 
regime in 
Iraq was preparing attacks in the United States, President Vladimir Putin said 
Putin said he couldn't comment on how critical the Russians' information was 
in the U.S. decision to invade Iraq.
In Washington, a U.S. official said Putin's information did not add to what 
the United States already knew about Saddam's intentions.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity 
of the information, said the Russian tip did not specify a time or a place 
where an attack might take place.
The Bush administration in part justified the invasion of Iraq by saying 
Saddam had links to terror groups, including al-Qaida. The U.S. commission 
investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said this week there was no evidence of any 
collaboration between Iraq and Osama bin Laden's terror network.

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