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US report says Iraq fuels terror
The New York Times newspaper has published what it says are the findings of a classified US intelligence paper on the effects of the Iraq war.
The document reportedly blames the conflict for increasing the threat of terrorism and helping fuel Islamic radicalism worldwide.
Such a conclusion is at odds with the White House's persistent claim that going to war was the right thing to do.
The paper has not seen the report, but spoke to people familiar with it.
The BBC's Andre Vornic in New York says the National Intelligence Estimate, as the document is known, is all the more significant for reflecting the views of no fewer than 16 US spy agencies.
According to the New York Times, it says the Iraq war has triggered more, not less, terrorism, and helped spread jihadist ideology.
It also reportedly concludes that al-Qaeda has now mutated into a global franchise of semi-autonomous cells.
The estimate is the first US assessment of international terrorism since the Iraq war began.
The New York Times has spoken to officials who have either read it, or been involved in drafting it.
If what they say is true, our correspondent says, the document appears to undermine US President George W Bush's insistence that for all the flaws of the Iraq war, the world is now a safer place.
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Published: 2006/09/24 06:52:11 GMT