The Daily Telegraph of the UK reports:

    IRAQ, which yesterday shot down an unmanned American aircraft in the “no-fly zone”, has been told by the United States that it will be attacked if it exploits the situation in Afghanistan to further its interests.

    “There will be a military strike against you and you will be defeated,” John Negroponte, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told his Iraqi counterpart, reported the Washington Post.

    The meeting between Mr Negroponte and Mohammed Douri, the Iraqi envoy, was the first diplomatic encounter between their countries for several years and reflected a growing desire from elements of the Bush administration to deal with Saddam Hussein.

    Iraq has emerged as the single biggest issue that could divide the United States and Britain during the war on terrorism. The question about what to do with Iraq also represents a fault line within the Bush administration. [more]

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