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TERRORISTS NO LONGER GET SUPPORT FROM LIBYA, GADHAFI TELLS JOURNAL

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Libya's Moammar Gadhafi has admitted for the first time that he sponsored international terror but says he stopped when he discovered the terrorists were working for themselves and not for all Arabs.

He also told Cairo's state-owned weekly magazine Al-Mussawar that he wants no confrontation with the United States.Al-Mussawar said the interview was conducted a week ago, a day after Gadhafi met with President Hosni Mubarak to discuss improving relations after 16 years of friction.

Gadhafi spoke about a reversal in his policy toward terrorism in reply to a question suggesting that support of "groups that practice terror in the name of revolutionary violence" may have harmed Libya.

"At one point, we supported some of these groups without meticulously examining their aims and role," he said. "But when we discovered that these groups were causing more harm than benefit to the Arab cause, we halted our aid to them completely and withdrew our support."