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Musharraf’s book says nation faced ‘onslaught’

September 26, 2006

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— Pakistan's president says in his memoir released Monday that he had no choice after the Sept. 11 attacks but to switch from supporting the Taliban to backing the U.S.-led war on terror groups or face an American "onslaught."

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in his book "In The Line of Fire," also criticizes the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, saying it has made the world "more dangerous."

Musharraf, who is on a tour of the U.S., is scheduled to meet Wednesday with President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to seek ways to bridge their disagreements on the fight against Islamic militants.

Unusual in publishing a memoir while still in power, Musharraf says Pakistan, the United States and Saudi Arabia created an extremist "monster" by supporting Islamic groups fighting the Soviet Union's 1979-89 occupation of Afghanistan.

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