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Kurds' ambitions add explosive element to Syria equationupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 13:03:00

In the city of Qamishli, on Syria's border with Turkey, neither the forces of the Syrian regime nor the rebels of the Free Syrian Army are to be seen. But visitors say the Kurdish flag is very evident, and Kurdish fighters man checkpoints around the city.

Turkish police raid Kurdish targetsupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 17:54:00

Turkish security forces launched a wave of raids across the country on Friday, searching more than 100 locations and arresting dozens of people.

Kurdish leader: Clerics 'instigated ... acts of sabotage,' wounding 25updated: Sat Dec 03 2011 16:29:00

At least 25 people were wounded in northern Iraq in alleged "acts of sabotage" carried out by men who had been "instigated" by Muslim clerics, a Kurdish leader and local security officers said.

Turkish warplanes bomb Kurdish rebels in northern Iraqupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 13:02:00

Turkish warplanes carried out a second night of airstrikes against suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, as deadly clashes erupted within Turkey between security forces and guerrilla fighters.

Turkish warplanes resume bombing Kurdish rebels in northern Iraqupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 20:55:00

Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq's rugged mountains for a second consecutive night Thursday after an ambush on a southeastern Turkey highway killed eight soldiers and a government-employed guard, the semi-official Anatolian News Agency reported.

Turkish fighter jets attack rebels in northern Iraqupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 22:01:00

Turkish fighter jets attacked rebels from the Kurdish Workers Party Wednesday in northern Iraq in retaliation for an apparent ambush earlier in the day that killed at least eight Turkish soldiers, the semi-official Anatolian News Agency reported.

Opposition lawmakers in Turkey boycott swearing-in ceremonyupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 06:19:00

Opposition boycotts marred the swearing-in ceremony of Turkey's newly elected parliament on Tuesday.

Kurdish unrest continues in Iraqupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 11:00:00

Masked attackers burned tents of protesters overnight in the main city of Iraq's Kurdistan region, police said Sunday.

At least 14 injured in northern Iraq protestsupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 15:26:00

Clashes Saturday between police and protesters in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region left 14 people injured, according to a regional health official.

Iraqi Christians welcome in north, Kurdish leader saysupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 07:42:00

Iraqi Christians under siege by Islamic militants are welcome in the country's north, a Kurdish leader said Thursday, after a string of attacks that have killed dozens of the faith.

Suicide bomb injures 32updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 08:47:00

Police may have been the target of a suicide bombing that wounded at least 32 people in Turkey.

Kurdish splinter group issues claim for Istanbul bombingupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 08:47:00

A splinter nationalist group from the Kurdistan Workers' Party has claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide bombing in Istanbul, Turkey, according to the group's statement on its website.

Turkish authorities release photo of suspected bomberupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 11:10:00

Turkish authorities reinforced police presence Monday around Istanbul's central Taksim Square, a day after a bomber detonated explosives there, killing himself and wounding 32 people.

PKK denies role in deadly mine blastupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 16:35:00

A Kurdish separatist movement has denied involvement in a bombing Thursday that killed nine people in a southeastern Turkish province, an explosion that drew swift condemnation and a vow to respond from Turkey's prime minister.

Kurdish rebel group claims responsibility for gas pipeline blastupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 12:19:00

Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) blew up a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey Wednesday, a spokesman for the group said in an e-mail to CNN.

28 killed in hotel fire in Iraq, Kurdish officials sayupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 13:54:00

A fire at a hotel in northern Iraq killed at least 28 and wounded 22 others Thursday night, Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government said Friday.

Iraq rejects Turkish plea for intervention against rebelsupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 09:56:00

The Iraqi government on Friday said it rejected Turkey's calls for intervention in its conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

Bus carrying Turkish military bombed in Istanbul, kills 5updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 09:57:00

A remote-controlled roadside bomb ripped through a bus transporting Turkish military personnel and their families to a gendarmerie paramilitary base in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Funeral honors Turkish soldiers killed in clash with rebelsupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 07:08:00

Soldiers in helmets carried the flag-draped coffins Sunday of 11 Turkish soldiers killed in a single bloody day of fighting with Kurdish rebels.

Iraq's Kurds go the polls amid carnival atmosphereupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 11:07:00

Ahmed Hassan Rasul spent 10 years in the mountains of northern Iraq as a peshmerga guerilla, fighting for independence for Iraq's Kurds against the forces of Saddam Hussein.

Banned Kurdish party may boycott Turkish parliamentupdated: Sat Dec 12 2009 11:53:00

Tensions between Turkey and the country's main Kurdish political party crackled further Saturday, with the group promising a boycott of parliament sessions a day after a court ruled to ban the movement.

Iraqi Kurds begin exporting oilupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 10:54:00

In an elaborately choreographed ceremony broadcast live on television, the leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan began pumping oil from Kurdish-controlled oil fields in northern Iraq through a pipeline to neighboring Turkey.

Rights report cites abuses in Kurdish Iraqupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 15:08:00

The Kurdish region of Iraq has seen gains in human rights, but security forces "regularly abuse their authority" and women continue to be targets of violence, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

5 high-ranking Kurds leave Iraqi president's partyupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 12:14:00

The second-highest ranking official in Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's political party resigned Saturday, along with four other high-ranking Kurdish politicians, officials said.

Bombings across Iraq kill dozensupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 07:11:00

Militants in three Iraqi cities set off deadly explosions Monday, killing at least 39 people, government officials said.

Police tear gas Kurds amid Turkey PM's tourupdated: Sun Nov 02 2008 09:19:00

Turkish police used tear gas and water cannon on Sunday to disperse thousands of Kurdish protesters demonstrating against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkish media reports.

Turkish warplanes bomb Kurd rebel basesupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 16:36:00

Turkish warplanes bombed two Kurdish rebel bases -- one in northern Iraq and one in Turkey -- on Friday, the Turkish military announced, according to CNN Turk.

Iraqi PM meets with Turkish envoy on rebelsupdated: Tue Oct 14 2008 13:54:00

A Turkish delegation led by the country's deputy foreign minister met with Iraqi leaders on Tuesday in Baghdad amid an increase in Turkish military strikes on suspected Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

Turkey hits Kurdish rebels twice in two daysupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 10:16:00

Turkey on Monday bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq for a second day, an Iraqi official told CNN.

Turkey launches more strikes on Kurdish rebels in Iraqupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 17:30:00

Turkey launched another round of airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Sunday, an Iraqi official said.

Inside the PKKupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 05:55:00

CNN's Arwa Damon gets an exclusive inside look at a Kurdistan Workers Party camp in northern Iraq.

Female fighters: We won't stand for male dominanceupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 23:33:00

The women line the mountainside, locked hand in hand in their green battle fatigues, and begin dancing. It's a victory dance, they say, that is routine after raids across the border on Turkish troops.

Turkish airstrikes target Kurdish rebelsupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 13:19:00

Turkey's military launched airstrikes Monday on Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, according to the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Turkish troops bomb northern Iraq after PKK clashesupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 20:43:00

The Turkish military bombed PKK rebel targets Saturday in northern Iraq in response to clashes that left at least 15 Turkish troops dead, the PKK and the military said Sunday.

Inside the PKK's hidden campsupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 20:43:00

CNN's Arwa Damon gains access to the PKK camps deep in Northern Iraq's mountains.

Turkey: 15 soldiers killed by Kurd rebelsupdated: Sat Oct 04 2008 14:11:00

Fifteen Turkish soldiers were killed in an overnight clash with Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey along the country's border with Iraq, President Abdullah Gul said.

'Gas City' launched by Kurdish governmentupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 05:36:00

Two United Arab Emirates based companies announced on Tuesday that they will be investing in the Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Kurdish rebels release German hostagesupdated: Sun Jul 20 2008 15:53:00

Three Germans kidnapped by Kurdish rebels in Turkey were released Sunday after more than a week in captivity.

Iranian shelling reported in northern Iraqupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 08:01:00

Iranian artillery shells rained down on villages in northern Iraq Wednesday where Kurdish rebels were thought to be operating.

Turkey bombs Kurdish rebels in Iraqupdated: Fri May 02 2008 11:33:00

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight, Kurdish rebels and the Turkish government said Friday.

Turkish troops shell northern Iraqupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 11:08:00

Turkish troops fired artillery shells into northern Iraq on Wednesday nearly a week after Turkey completed its eight-day ground offensive targeting Kurdish militants, an Iraqi official told CNN.

U.S. pressures Turkeyupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 14:59:00

The U.S. says that Turkey's incursion into Iraq should be over 'as quickly as possible.' CNN's Sasha Herriman reports.

Iraq incursion finished, Turkey saysupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 14:59:00

The Turkish military has pulled out of northern Iraq a week after launching an offensive against Kurdish rebels, the military said in a statement on its Web site.

Gates pressures Turkey on Iraqupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 10:52:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he told Turkish leaders on Thursday that Ankara should end its offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq as soon as possible, but the U.S. made no threats to pull intelligence support for the operation if its NATO ally fails to comply.

Turks claim 41 rebels killed in Iraq missionupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 02:58:00

The White House said Monday it is in "constant dialogue" with Iraq and Turkey about the Turkish military operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

Iraq calls Turkish forces 'direct threat to the peace'updated: Sun Feb 24 2008 14:41:00

Iraq wants the Turkish forces targeting Kurdish rebels out of northern Iraq "as soon as possible," according to government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.

Turkey: 35 Kurd rebels killedupdated: Sun Feb 24 2008 03:01:00

At least 35 Kurdish rebels have been killed in fighting in northern Iraq on Saturday, Turkey's military said Saturday as its offensive against the rebels came under criticism from Baghdad.

Turkey launches major Iraq incursionupdated: Sat Feb 23 2008 04:25:00

Turkish troops backed by air support attacked Kurdish rebels Friday in northern Iraq, the Turkish military said.

Time.com: Why Turkish Troops Are Back in Iraqupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 13:00:00

Analysis: A ground incursion aims to prevent separatist Kurdish fighters moving back into Turkey when spring comes. But Iraq's Kurdish leaders fear their own autonomy is under attack

Time.com: Hitting the Kurds from All Sidesupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 14:50:00

The latest Turkish operation in Iraqi Kurdistan has reminded the Iraqi Kurds that they have few friends except the U.S.

Turkish planes hit Iraqi Kurdish villagesupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 09:31:00

Turkish aircraft bombed two Kurdish villages inside northern Iraq on Wednesday, a spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish regional security forces said.

Turkey targets Iraq againupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 09:31:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports on the U.S. response to stepped up air strikes by Turkey in northern Iraq.

Bush sees 3-way fight against PKKupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 04:27:00

U.S., Turkish and Iraqi leaders all held talks Monday about Kurdish rebels using northern Iraq as a launchpad for cross-border attacks into Turkey.

Turkish troops move into Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 23:18:00

Some 300 Turkish troops are said to have crossed into northern Iraq, as CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

Turkey: U.S. helped in PKK attackupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 23:18:00

Turkey's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday his country's air strikes this week against Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq were the result of real-time, actionable intelligence provided by the United States.

Turkish military claims PKK lossesupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 22:24:00

Turkey's military on Tuesday claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on Kurdish rebels in weekend airstrikes on northern Iraq but denied Iraqi reports that its troops had mounted a cross-border raid earlier in the day.

Iraq condemns Turkish attacksupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 03:57:00

Iraq's Kurdish regional government on Monday dispatched a team to survey the bombarded swath of northern Iraq where Turkish jets pounded targets identified as Kurdish separatist lairs and expressed concern that civilians have been caught in the crossfire.

Time.com: Turkey's US-Backed Strike in Iraq updated: Mon Dec 17 2007 16:00:00

The Turkish military's air strike against Kurdish rebels had the advantage of US military cooperation and intelligence

Turkey hits PKK in northern Iraqupdated: Sun Dec 16 2007 08:35:00

Turkish warplanes and long-range missiles attacked Kurdish rebel positions in the mountains of northern Iraq near the Turkish border early Sunday, according to Turkish military officials.

Time.com: Turkey Tries to Ban Pro-Kurd Partyupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 10:00:00

Turkish authorities on Friday took steps to ban the country's leading pro-Kurdish political party and expel several of its lawmakers from parliament on charges of separatism

Turk warplanes target Iraq villageupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 10:22:00

An Iraqi Kurdish official said two Turkish military aircrafts crossed into Iraqi border space on Monday and dropped stun grenades on an uninhabited border area in an apparent attempt to locate targets there.

U.S., Turkey to share intelligence on Kurdish rebel groupupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 18:39:00

The United States will help Iraq and Turkey crack down on Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq, President Bush said Monday after meeting with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Time.com: The Turkish Are Coming! Oh, They're Already Hereupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 16:00:00

Turkish threats against Iraqi Kurdistan are more bark than bite

Time.com: Erdogan Talks Turkey in Washingtonupdated: Sun Nov 04 2007 13:00:00

The Turkish Prime Minister comes to Washington with a slew of crises on his country's border with Iraq -- and the U.S., thanks to its own crises in the region, needs to make him happy

Iraq to take action against PKKupdated: Sat Nov 03 2007 19:56:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki promised Saturday to smoke out Kurdish separatist rebels using Iraq as a base to launch attacks into neighboring Turkey.

Time.com: Kurd Leader Defies Turkish Threats updated: Fri Nov 02 2007 18:00:00

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani says his forces will not move against the PKK separatists that are battling Turkey

Kurdish troops move toward Turkeyupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 22:24:00

A battalion of about 800 militia forces moved closer to the Turkish border over the weekend, according to U.S. military officials familiar with the latest information from the region.

Iraqi diplomat: No progress in Iraq-Turkey talksupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 21:35:00

An Iraqi diplomat said that no progress was made in talks with Turkish officials Friday in Ankara about the Iraqi-Turkey border situation and that the Iraqi delegation planned to head back home.

Time.com: Turkey Raises Heat on Iraqupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 13:40:00

Turkey demanded the extradition of Kurdish rebel leaders based in Iraq's north on Friday, the Turkish deputy prime minister said Friday after meeting with an Iraqi delegation

Turkey out of patience, warns Gulupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 22:38:00

Turkey's president on Thursday said his country's "patience has come to an end" over Kurdish rebels operating in Iraq, but a high-level Iraqi delegation started a mission in Ankara in an effort to keep Turkey from launching a full-scale cross-border offensive against the guerrillas.

Time.com: Behind Turkey's Kurdish Problem updated: Wed Oct 24 2007 15:00:00

Viewpoint: Autonomy for the Kurds remains a red line for Ankara, but a policy built on fear simply spawns more fear

Turkish planes bomb Kurdish rebelsupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 11:06:00

Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships have been bombing Kurdish separatist positions in Turkey along the Iraqi-Turkish frontier amid continuing diplomatic efforts to avert a major cross-border incursion by Turkish military forces.

Turkey 'can't wait forever' on PKKupdated: Tue Oct 23 2007 22:29:00

Iraq's government Tuesday repeated a pledge to shut down offices of the Kurdish rebel movement that has triggered a border crisis with Turkey, but Turkey's prime minister said his government "cannot wait forever" for results.

U.S. 'full-court press' against Turkish incursionupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 21:56:00

With Turkish officials under pressure to strike at Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush has told Turkey's president his administration will keep pressing Baghdad to clamp down on the rebels, the White House said Monday.

Turkey losing patienceupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 21:56:00

The Turkish prime minister indicates he's not willing to wait forever. CNN's Phil Black reports

Iraq: Kurdish rebels to declare truceupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 14:08:00

Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, will announce Monday a unilateral cease-fire following a deadly attack on Turkish forces, a spokesman for Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told CNN.

Time.com: Turkey's War Drums Grow Louderupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 10:00:00

After Kurdish separatists strike again, one U.S. ally appears to be moving closer to attacking another

U.S. urges restraint after Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKKupdated: Sun Oct 21 2007 22:12:00

The United States is urging Turkey to show restraint after Kurdish rebels attacked its forces on Sunday, killing at least 17 Turkish soldiers and wounding 16 others near Turkey's border with Iraq and Iran, according to Turkey's defense minister.

Kurds angry at Turkeyupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 18:56:00

CNN's Nic Robertson finds a new generation of Kurds are being politicized.

Kurdish protesters in Iraq shout 'no to Turkey'updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 18:56:00

Thousands of Kurds and their supporters poured into the streets of northern Iraqi cities on Thursday to protest the Turkish parliament's approval of cross-border raids into Iraq.

Time.com: Bracing for a Turkish Strike in Iraqupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 14:00:00

Turkey moves closer to cross-border raids against Kurdish PKK fighters. But would prefer the Iraqis to shut them down

Turkey approves Iraq incursionupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 11:15:00

The Turkish parliament has approved a military incursion into Iraq to take on Kurdish rebels.

Iraq calls for urgent Turkey talksupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 22:48:00

Iraq on Tuesday urged Turkey to refrain from launching military action against Kurdish separatists based in Iraqi territory and called for urgent talks between the two nations to find a solution to the crisis.

Iraqi PM to Turks: Refrain from 'military solutions' to attacksupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 21:24:00

Iraq's prime minister will hold emergency talks with his ministers Tuesday on the crisis with Turkey after the Turkish government asked for authority to launch cross-border raids against Kurdish separatists.

PKK's decades of violent struggleupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 07:25:00

The militant fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been engaged in a campaign of violence against the Turkish state for more than two decades with the goal of establishing an autonomous Kurdish homeland.

U.S. urges Iraq to move against Kurdish separatists updated: Mon Oct 08 2007 22:31:00

The Bush administration Monday condemned the recent attacks by Kurdish separatist guerillas in Turkey that left up to 27 soldiers and civilians dead and urged Iraqi authorities to take action.

Time.com: Iran Closes Border With Northern Iraqupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 09:00:00

(SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq) -- Iran closed major border crossings with northern Iraq on Monday to protest the U.S. detention of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling, a Kurdish official said.At least four border gates have been closed and one remains open, the governor of the Kurdish province of Sulaimaniyah, Dana Ahmed Majeed, told The Associated Press. The move threatens the economy of Iraq's northern region -- one of the country's few success stories.In Tehran, the public relations department in Iran's Interior Ministry said no decision had been taken to shut the border.But Kurdish authorities said the Iranians began shutting down the crossing points late Sunday near the border towns of Banjiwin, Haj Omran, Halabja and Khanaqin.The closings came four days after U.S. troops arrested an Iranian official during a raid on a hotel in Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles northeast of Baghdad.U.S. officials said he was a member of the elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that smuggles wea

Time.com: Why is Iran Shelling Iraq?updated: Mon Aug 20 2007 18:00:00

Because Tehran has a bone to pick with the Kurds, who don't have many friends at all.

Blast in Kirkuk kills dozensupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 04:42:00

Blast in Kirkuk kills dozens

Truck bomb kills at least 80 in Kirkukupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 04:42:00

A suicide truck bomber ripped through a busy commercial district in Kirkuk on Monday afternoon, leaving a large crater surrounded by dozens of mutilated bodies, police and military officials said.

Turkey urged over Iraq battle planupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 07:11:00

Turkey's top military commander urged his government's political leaders to make the guidelines clear if his forces are ordered across the Iraqi border to battle rebels with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a prospect he suggested would be helpful.

Time.com: Turkey Threatens a Move into Iraqupdated: Fri Jun 08 2007 10:15:00

If Turkish soldiers cross the border to go after radical Kurdish militants.Iran could also make a military move

Time.com: A Turkish Move Into Iraq?updated: Sat May 26 2007 17:25:00

After new Kurdish violence, the Prime Minister may defy the U.S. and order his troops to cross the border

Turkey's battle plan could threaten northern Iraqupdated: Thu May 24 2007 14:08:00

The war drums are getting louder in Turkey, and they can be heard next door in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, and across the globe in Washington as well.

Turkish forces battle Kurd rebelsupdated: Thu Apr 12 2007 12:11:00

Turkish armed forces have begun a spring offensive against rebels with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) ahead of an expected surge in militant activity, the head of Turkey's military said Thursday.

Iraq to close offices of Kurdish separatist groupupdated: Tue Sep 19 2006 07:05:00

The Iraqi government said Tuesday that it will shut down the offices of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in an effort to maintain good relations with Turkey.

Who is Abdullah Ocalan?updated: Thu May 12 2005 09:21:00

Please note: This story was originally written for CNN.com in 1999 as part of the coverage of the trial of Abdullah Ocalan.

Prime minister backs constitutionupdated: Wed Jun 09 2004 08:56:00

The Iraqi prime minister's office said Wednesday it is committed to Transitional Administrative Law, a document backed by Kurdish leaders and opposed by the country's top Shiite cleric in a dispute that could lead to a governmental crisis.

Blair announces inquiry into Iraqi WMDupdated: Tue Feb 03 2004 09:40:00

The British government said Tuesday it will conduct a probe into prewar intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs.

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