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March 18, 2008
"Well it's common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that's well known. And it's unfortunate."
McCain, speaking to reporters in Amman, Jordan, mistakenly saying Iran, a predominately Shiite country, was supplying the mostly Sunni militant group al-Qaeda. He corrected himself after Sen. Joe Lieberman whispered that he made a mistake. He has repeated the gaffe several times since.