Rice says Mideast military aid will counter al-Qaeda

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed to the Middle East on Tuesday with huge military aid for allies like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, saying it would help counter al-Qaeda, Hizbullah, Syria and Iran.


"This is not an issue of quid pro quo. We are working with these states to fight back extremism," Rice said Rice said to reporters. "We all have the same interest in a stable Iraq that can defend itself, defend its new political system and be unified... This effort will help bolster forces of moderation and support a broader strategy to counter the negative influences of al-Qaeda, Hizbullah, Syria and Iran." (Reuters)