Spain's former prime minister warned that terrorists will try to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election as they did in Madrid with the March 11 attacks.
"It's important to realize that the terrorists will do all they can to disrupt the upcoming U.S. election," Aznar said during his first visit US after he was voted out of office. He did not specify where the terrorists might strike. When the war in Iraq was launched Spain, then headed by Aznar, was among the staunchest allies of the Bush administration despite the strong opposition of the public. Aznar's Popular Party lost general elections to the Socialists three days after the Madrid train bombings, which claimed the lives of 191 people. The newly elected government promptly started a withdrawal of the Spanish troops from Iraq.