Bush warns al-Qaeda threat persists

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- President Bush says those in Congress who say that al-Qaeda’s operation in Iraq is different from those who attacked the US in 2001 are misleading the public.

Speaking today in South Carolina, the president insisted that al-Qaeda in Iraq is run by foreign leaders "loyal to Osama bin Laden." In the speech, the president described al-Qaeda’s burgeoning operation in Iraq as a direct threat to the United States.

The president also released security details, saying that al-Qaeda in Iraq was founded not by an Iraqi, but by Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed by US forces last year.

The president also noted that many of al-Qaeda in Iraq's senior leaders are foreign terrorists.

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