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How the US war in Iraq created an Al Qaeda haven where there once was none.
Here's the short version: The United States invaded Iraq in 2003, claiming that Saddam Hussein had both weapons of mass destruction and connections to Al Qaeda. He had neither.
Today, though, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, one of those justifications is reality. Al Qaeda in Iraq now exists, and it is as strong as ever. US officials themselves say they are increasingly worried about the terror group's renewed power in Iraq, especially after an elaborate jailbreak at Abu Ghraib prison (remember Abu Ghraib?) freed hundreds of people, including senior members of Al Qaeda, earlier this week.
So how did the United States manage to create a violent and intractable problem where there once wasn't one? In just 49 simple steps.
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