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06/09/03 - Washington, D.C.

Al-Qaida Leaders Deny Working with Iraq

A report out today appears to knock holes in the theory of a connection between al-Qaida terrorists and Iraq.

According to senior intelligence sources quoted in The New York Times, two captured high-ranking al-Qaida leaders deny that the group worked with Saddam Hussein's government.

The leaders -- Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- were interrogated separately by the C-I-A.

According to the Times, Zubaydah told his questioners al-Qaida considered working with Saddam's regime -- but that Osama bin Laden nixed the idea.

During the run-up to war in Iraq, the Bush administration pointed to other intelligence reports suggesting a link between Baghdad and the group believed responsible for the September eleventh attacks.

One official tells the Times that everything al-Qaida detainees say should be viewed skeptically.

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