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The conflict particularly has strained the U.S. effort in Afghanistan and the search for al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden, Clinton said in an interview in New York.
“It’s kind of taken our eye off the ball in Afghanistan and the hunt for bin Laden and also reduced our manpower and resources available for that purpose,” Clinton, 60, said.
While Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was a menace, he said, the bigger threat was and still is from terrorist groups.
“Saddam Hussein was a very bad guy,” Clinton said. Still, “even the Republicans have said he was hostile to al-Qaeda in Iraq and had nothing to do with 9/11, nothing to do with terrorist groups.”
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