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Al Qaeda Plot Foiled in Iraq


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The interior minister said Tuesday

authorities had foiled an al-Qaida plot that would have put

hundreds of its men at critical guard posts around Baghdad’s

heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. and other foreign

embassies as well as the Iraqi government.

A senior Defense Ministry official said the 421 al-Qaida

fighters were actually recruited to storm the U.S. and British

embassies and take hostages. Several ranking Defense Ministry

officials have been jailed in the plot, the official said on

condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the


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