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Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam
London Telegraph ^ | 12-14-03 | Con Coughlin

Posted on 12/14/2003 9:03:20 AM PST by cody32127

Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist.

Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

The handwritten memo, a copy of which has been obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, is dated July 1, 2001 and provides a short resume of a three-day "work programme" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's base in Baghdad.

In the memo, Habbush reports that Atta "displayed extraordinary effort" and demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be "responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy".

The second part of the memo, which is headed "Niger Shipment", contains a report about an unspecified shipment - believed to be uranium - that it says has been transported to Iraq via Libya and Syria.

Although Iraqi officials refused to disclose how and where they had obtained the document, Dr Ayad Allawi, a member of Iraq's ruling seven-man Presidential Committee, said the document was genuine.

"We are uncovering evidence all the time of Saddam's involvement with al-Qaeda," he said. "But this is the most compelling piece of evidence that we have found so far. It shows that not only did Saddam have contacts with al-Qaeda, he had contact with those responsible for the September 11 attacks."

Although Atta is believed to have been resident in Florida in the summer of 2001, he is known to have used more than a dozen aliases, and intelligence experts believe he could easily have slipped out of the US to visit Iraq.

Abu Nidal, who was responsible for the failed assassination of the Israeli ambassador to London in 1982, was based in Baghdad for more than two decades


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 12/14/2003 9:03:20 AM PST by cody32127
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To: cody32127
I'd seen this last night. I have a couple of questions. One, are any other news organizations finally reporting this. Two, can we get more from the real man now that we have him in custody. I'd say we can.
2 posted on 12/14/2003 9:08:36 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Liberalism corrupts. Absolute Liberalism corrupts absolutely.)
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To: cody32127
It shows that not only did Saddam have contacts with al-Qaeda, he had contact with those responsible for the September 11 attacks."

Can't be..
the RATs have made it perfectly clear that this didn't happed.

MESSAGE to ALL RATs..
you better cut the crap and find a way to get on the winning side (America's side) or you'll be extinct just like sodom.

3 posted on 12/14/2003 9:10:11 AM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: evad
Can't be..
the RATs have made it perfectly clear that this didn't happed.

Yeah! I heard Bagdad Bob say so!

4 posted on 12/14/2003 9:15:52 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Speading urban legends is good for the economy!)
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To: cody32127
It's not news in this country unless the New York Times or the Washington Post give their stamps of approval. And they certainly won't, not if Pinch Sulzberger has anything to say about it.
5 posted on 12/14/2003 9:17:55 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: VRW Conspirator
Yeah! I heard Bagdad Bob say so!

Hey...that's right. I forgot all about him.
Wonder what ever happened to that guy?

6 posted on 12/14/2003 9:26:42 AM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: Cicero
It's not news in this country unless the New York Times or the Washington Post give their stamps of approval

Thank God they can no longer suppress the 'nooze' like they always have in the past.

7 posted on 12/14/2003 9:28:30 AM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: cody32127
Well, maybe. But it seems like an awful lot of a good thing. It's probably better to wait for further confirmation, if only because right now Saddam is THE story and therefore, even if true, this story wouldn't get any attention.
8 posted on 12/14/2003 9:29:20 AM PST by Grut
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To: elhombrelibre
Tom Brokaw actually interviewed the UK journalist this AM who has the documents...so NBC did briefly cover it, and then moved on.
9 posted on 12/14/2003 9:33:24 AM PST by cwb
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To: cody32127
This probably accounts for Abu Nidal getting snuffed a while back. Saddam probably wanted to tidy up... shame he didn't think his records would be captured. :)
10 posted on 12/14/2003 9:34:52 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Saddam Captured Hiding in Hobbit Hole!)
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To: cwboelter
That's a start. We may see a flood of information now that Saddam is captured. It would behoove the major media to stop hidding their collective heads in the stand if they wish to enjoy the public's confidence in the future.
11 posted on 12/14/2003 9:43:43 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Liberalism corrupts. Absolute Liberalism corrupts absolutely.)
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To: cody32127
Please let Howard Dean be the demonRAT nominee, please let Howard Dean be the demonRAT nominee...

The case for not going to war with Iraq gets thinner and thinner. By Election Day '04, an antiwar candidate will be a national comedy.
12 posted on 12/14/2003 9:45:59 AM PST by freedomcrusader
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To: elhombrelibre
It's a sart, but it didn't last long.
After listening to Chrissy Matthews, you can see their new strategy. According to Chris, Saddam was a threat to his own people, but he wasn't a global threat. While he applauded the capture, he said Bush has to get back to the war on terror and protecting the American people.

He absolutely denied any connection between Saddam and support for global terrorism. How pathetic that the liberals/media continue to ignore just how much Saddam contributed to various terrorist networks around the world. Hell, just the PLO/PLF fronts operating in Iraq and being financed by Saddam was enough evidence of his terrorist connections. Matthews obviously also missed his own networks interview with the UK journalist who has proof of Abu Nidal/Saddam's ties to Atta.
13 posted on 12/14/2003 9:53:07 AM PST by cwb
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To: cody32127
Big shocker...
14 posted on 12/14/2003 10:01:50 AM PST by Libertina (FReepers of a feather flock together...isn't life great?)
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To: cody32127
bump
15 posted on 12/14/2003 10:05:19 AM PST by VOA
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To: Constitution Day
Check this out.
16 posted on 12/14/2003 10:11:18 AM PST by mykdsmom (Haterade: The official drink of the Democratic Party.)
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To: evad
We got our own breed of home grown RATS,,,democRATS,,,who are giving aid and comfort to these ememy RATS by opposing this fight to exterminate them all...
17 posted on 12/14/2003 10:11:28 AM PST by aspiring.hillbilly
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To: aspiring.hillbilly
We got our own breed of home grown RATS,,,democRATS..

Actually, that's the RATs I was talking about ;-)

18 posted on 12/14/2003 10:15:56 AM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: Miss Marple; Peach; Mo1; MJY1288; seamole; Shermy; Angelus Errare; Coop; Grampa Dave; ...
Did you all see this yet??
19 posted on 12/14/2003 10:20:54 AM PST by Dog
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To: cody32127
I think this has been posted a few times in the last day or two.
20 posted on 12/14/2003 10:21:07 AM PST by knak (wasknaknowknid)
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To: knak
Yes, but it's nice bringing back up now that Saddam is wearing the orange jump-suit.
21 posted on 12/14/2003 10:22:28 AM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Dog
I pinged you to this last night. Quite an article, isn't it?

Just another nail in the coffin of those who said there was no linkage between AQ and Iraq.
22 posted on 12/14/2003 10:23:01 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Dog
Yep .. I saw it last night and pinged you to it .. there is another thread about this with a lot of info on it

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1039898/posts?page=336#336

Habbush writes that the successful completion of the shipment was "the fruit of your excellent secret meeting with Bashir al-Asad (the Syrian president) on the Iraqi-Syrian border", and concludes: "May God protect you and save you to all Arab nations."
23 posted on 12/14/2003 10:24:12 AM PST by Mo1 (House Work, If you do it right , will kill you!)
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To: elhombrelibre
We may see a flood of information now that Saddam is captured.

Gives a whole new meaning to "Apres moi, le deluge," doesn't it?

24 posted on 12/14/2003 10:29:31 AM PST by wizardoz
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To: Peach; Mo1
Thanks.....how did I miss those threads.
25 posted on 12/14/2003 10:29:39 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
Due to the great news of Saddam's capture??

Seriously ... there is a lot of good information on that thread
26 posted on 12/14/2003 10:31:13 AM PST by Mo1 (House Work, If you do it right , will kill you!)
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To: Dog
You were working it sounds like. VERY interesting article. Sure wish it would get some press over here.

Anyone have an in with Rush/Fox, etc.?
27 posted on 12/14/2003 10:32:41 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: evad
MESSAGE to ALL RATs..

you better cut the crap and find a way to get on the winning side (America's side) or you'll be extinct just like sodom.

evad! your post can be considered aiding and abetting the enemy!

Let them figure it out for themselves for by the time they do, the '04 elections will be far in the past. ; )

28 posted on 12/14/2003 10:51:50 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: evad
You might not believe it, but the only reason the Democrats haven't started a shooting war against America is because they think they're winning the political battles.
29 posted on 12/14/2003 10:53:28 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: elhombrelibre
elhombrelibre said: "It would behoove the major media to stop hiding their collective heads in the sand if they wish to enjoy the public's confidence in the future."

The moment when the major media could legitimately modify their behavior and deserve the public's confidence has long passed.

These people are not hiding their heads in the sand, they spend their every waking moment spewing falsehoods designed to hide the truth and promote their socialist program. They are motivated for money to have power, but power above all else. The threat of bankruptcy will not deter them but actual bankruptcy will stop them.

Any newspaper which publishes a story regarding the capture of Hussein and which fails to show a picture of our Commander-in-Chief congratulating and celebrating with the troops deserves the cancellations which such injustice warrants.

30 posted on 12/14/2003 11:30:34 AM PST by William Tell
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To: EGPWS
evad! your post can be considered aiding and abetting the enemy!

yeah...Rush often says the same thing.

Good thing is RATs don't listen so I think I'm safe :)

31 posted on 12/14/2003 1:40:22 PM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: Dog
Thanks for the ping. Off to read some more, been gone pretty much all day.

Prairie
32 posted on 12/14/2003 3:13:09 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Rejoice in the love God has shown by sending His Son to live among us and in our hearts.)
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To: Molly Pitcher
ping
33 posted on 12/15/2003 2:18:44 AM PST by The Raven
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To: mykdsmom
WOW!
I had not even heard this; guess it was overshadowed by all the Saddam news yesterday.

CD

34 posted on 12/15/2003 5:41:22 AM PST by Constitution Day (Iraqi blogger to President Bush: "The bones in the mass graves salute you, Avenger of the Bones.")
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To: cody32127
I'm pretty sure this story has been discredited already.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3741646/

If nothing else, I'd hold up on the rush to judgment.
35 posted on 12/18/2003 9:23:54 AM PST by risen_feenix
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