George Bush says there is no evidence Saddam Hussein was involved in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
His statement disputes an idea held by many Americans.
President Bush said: "There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaida ties."
But he added: "We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11 attacks."
A new poll in the US found nearly 70% of respondents believed the Iraqi leader probably was personally involved.
The US administration has argued that Saddam's government had close links to al Qaida, the terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden that masterminded the September 11 attacks.
© Associated Press
Story filed: 22:26 Wednesday 17th September 2003
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