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Friday, July 08, 2005 

Bashar talks to Blair

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has sent his condolences to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British people after yesterday's multiple attacks on London.

"On behalf of the Syrian people and myself, we denounce these awful actions that we condemn and strongly refuse," he said yesterday.

The attacks went to the heart of London's Lebanese community. One of the four bombs went off on a train at Edgware Road Underground station, in the heart of London's Arab community - Edgware Road is lined with Lebanese restuarants and cafes. 37 people are confirmed dead. More reporting here.

Meanwhile, Tony Blair says the bombers "acted in the name of Islam" - that dangerous statement may bring trouble in the direction of Britain's large Muslim community - some from Syria and many from Lebanon. There isn't even any evidence pointing to possible purpetrators yet.

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Dear Sassa,

Is it true ? The Brits and the Americans are going to withdraw from Iraq or is this a hoax ?

Hi Annie,

I wish it was true. We heard overnight of a rumour from Britain that Britain plans to cut its troop numbers from 9000 to 3000, and the US from 160,000 to 60,000 within a year.

Unfortunately I think its a bit of a hoax from British government. They know that if they don't commit to pulling troops out of Iraq very soon, people will demand that Blair resigns (analysts say that very soon he'll become the scapegoat for the London bombings).

The government has 'officially' denied the story.

I do not know if we should wish that as Iraq in termoil might make Syria ,which always try to help other arab countries,forced to interfere to stop the civel war which most likly to start when the american forces leave it is aproblem deficult to solve bad if the american stay but propably worse if they leave befor peace is established,naim /Usa

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