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1999 AP Flashback: Saddam has offered asylum to bin Laden
AP Dispatch carried by CNN ^ | February 13, 1999 | nwrep

Posted on 06/22/2004 5:50:19 PM PDT by nwrep

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Osama bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire accused by the United States of plotting bomb attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa, has left Afghanistan, Afghan sources said Saturday.

Bin Laden's whereabouts were not known, said the sources who declined to be identified.

Taliban authorities in the militia's southern stronghold of Kandahar refused to either confirm or deny reports that bin Laden had left the country. The Taliban have called bin Laden their honored guest, a friend who helped the Afghan resistance fight invading Soviet soldiers in the 1980s.

The Taliban's ambassador in Islamabad, Saeed-ur-Rehman Haqqani, said he had not been told of bin Laden's departure, "but if it has happened, it will be a good thing."

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered asylum to bin Laden, who openly supports Iraq against the Western powers.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1999; alqaedaandiraq; asylum; binladen; cnn; historic; intolerant; iraq; islam; muslims; osama; saddam; terror; totalitarian; tyranny
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1 posted on 06/22/2004 5:50:24 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: jmstein7; Interesting Times; Howlin; Peach; Pukin Dog

PING


2 posted on 06/22/2004 5:51:01 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep

There is no connection between Iraq and Al Quaida *bump*


3 posted on 06/22/2004 5:52:31 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: nwrep
BOOKMARKED
4 posted on 06/22/2004 5:52:37 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: nwrep

has this been buried or discredited by the mainstream media?


5 posted on 06/22/2004 5:54:41 PM PDT by VOA
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To: nwrep

You have earned FREEPER OF THE WEEK for finding this. :)


6 posted on 06/22/2004 5:55:36 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: nwrep

an AP story? Well how do you like this one, simply amazing. More proof that for Libs, history starts today.


7 posted on 06/22/2004 5:56:05 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: nwrep

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0%2C3604%2C314700%2C00.html

Then again, it could be Chalabi disinformation.


8 posted on 06/22/2004 5:56:25 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: nwrep

CNN.com - February 13, 1999
Web posted at: 10:55 a.m. EST (1547 GMT)

"Saddam Hussein offered asylum

"Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered asylum to bin Laden, who openly supports Iraq against the Western powers. "


9 posted on 06/22/2004 5:56:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (I remember.)
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To: nwrep
Copyright AP 1999

Hmmm, seems the AP has amneisa. Seems that the WORLD has amneisa!

10 posted on 06/22/2004 5:56:54 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: nwrep

AP must've been drunk or something when they posted it.


11 posted on 06/22/2004 5:57:55 PM PDT by txhurl (American needs Kerry like Baghdad needs a Woodstock.)
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To: doug from upland

Thanks, but I am not done yet.


12 posted on 06/22/2004 5:57:56 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep

no connection. none at all. move along.


13 posted on 06/22/2004 5:59:09 PM PDT by ambrose ("Wearing Religion on Your Sleeve," DemoRat Style: http://tinyurl.com/yvvmz)
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To: nwrep; jmstein7; Interesting Times; Howlin; Peach; Pukin Dog; Cboldt; ServesURight
We need to start giving honorary Goebbels awards to these people who deny even what they wrote...

Maybe we can make a Goebbels' Pieces Prize or a Goebbels' ApPEACEment Prize

14 posted on 06/22/2004 5:59:33 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: nwrep
Despite repeated demands from Washington, the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden after the August 7 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, demanding proof of his involvement in terrorist activities. .... The Taliban did promise that bin Laden would not use Afghanistan as a staging arena for terrorist activities.

Did the Clinton administration make them cross their heart and hope to die?

15 posted on 06/22/2004 5:59:54 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: nwrep

You're on a mission and you're damn good at it.


16 posted on 06/22/2004 6:00:56 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: nwrep
NEW YORK TIMES NOV 5TH, 1998 - IRAQ, BIN LADEN MADE DEAL
17 posted on 06/22/2004 6:01:50 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: nwrep

great catch.

Send this to Al Gore.


18 posted on 06/22/2004 6:02:04 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Supporting Bush/Cheney 2004!)
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To: nwrep

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1995 = CLINTON refused offer to bring OSAMA to us

1996 = CLINTON refused offer to bring OSAMA to us

2000 = CLINTON refused offer to bring OSAMA to us

...before OSAMA could hit us hard here at home after CLINTON left Office.

.


19 posted on 06/22/2004 6:02:25 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: nwrep

Facinating? Why did Bin Laden not accept this offer? Why did he turn down the protection and funding he likely would have recieved? Why did he turn down the opportunity to live virtually next door to his homeland and in the country with the second most sacred Islamic holy sites? Why did he choose to instead roam around the Afghan hinterland?


20 posted on 06/22/2004 6:03:55 PM PDT by Huntingtonian
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To: Huntingtonian

No dialysis care available in Iraq?


21 posted on 06/22/2004 6:07:12 PM PDT by txhurl (America needs Kerry like Baghdad needs a Woodstock.)
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To: ServesURight

additional thread of interest:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1158277/posts?page=1


22 posted on 06/22/2004 6:08:14 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Shermy

The AP doesn't provide in the story how they know Iraq offered asylum. It's a naked assertion.


23 posted on 06/22/2004 6:08:28 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: doug from upland

"You have earned FREEPER OF THE WEEK for finding this. :)"


I second that.


24 posted on 06/22/2004 6:14:48 PM PDT by Maria S ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm."George W. Bush 1/20/01)
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To: nwrep

You are en fuego!


25 posted on 06/22/2004 6:18:55 PM PDT by Huck (Be nice to chubby rodents. You know, woodchucks, guinea pigs, beavers...)
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To: Huntingtonian

Well, a few thoughts here...

The government of Sudan repeatedly tried to turn Osama over to the US but Clinton refused to take him. This led to Osama leaving for Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan Clinton launched a cruise missile strike greatly PO'ing the Taliban, and doing little else. After that point the Taliban refused to consider discussing a turn over. They were therefore a reliable base for Osama.

Moving to Iraq would move Osama into being an easier target for another attack seeing as we have bases in Turkey, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia that we had used to attack Iraq in the past.

So, while the living standard would be higher, Osama was much safer in Afghanistan, and as we all know, they still allowed his minions to raise money for AQ in Saudi Arabia, so proximity was not an issue.


26 posted on 06/22/2004 6:24:10 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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27 posted on 06/22/2004 6:25:45 PM PDT by jla (http://www.ronaldreaganmemorial.com/memorial_fund.asp)
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ping


28 posted on 06/22/2004 6:28:59 PM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: nwrep

bump for publicity


29 posted on 06/22/2004 6:31:28 PM PDT by VOA
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To: nwrep; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; abner; Aeronaut; ...

nwrep, you're really knocking them out of the park lately!

Great find!


30 posted on 06/22/2004 6:32:33 PM PDT by Howlin
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"You have earned FREEPER OF THE WEEK for finding this. :)"

I second that.

All in favor, I say "aye"

31 posted on 06/22/2004 6:36:49 PM PDT by kstewskis ("Political correctness is intellectual terrorism..." Mel Gibson)
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To: nwrep
The Taliban did promise that bin Laden would not use Afghanistan as a staging arena for terrorist activities.
Boy those islamic fundamentalists sure have a sense of humor. Hah.Hah. Bastids.

Bookmarked. Thanks!

32 posted on 06/22/2004 6:37:52 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Have a nice day or else!)
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To: kstewskis

Let him use his Frequent Freeper miles to upgrade to Freeper of the Month..


33 posted on 06/22/2004 6:38:22 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Howlin; nwrep; devolve; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; potlatch; yall

34 posted on 06/22/2004 6:39:15 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Call me the Will Rogers voter: I never met a Democrat I didn't like - to vote OUT OF POWER !)
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WOW!

Get this word out!

35 posted on 06/22/2004 6:41:20 PM PDT by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 - Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: kstewskis; doug from upland; nwrep

AYE!!!


36 posted on 06/22/2004 6:42:06 PM PDT by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 - Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: nwrep; backhoe

Great job!


37 posted on 06/22/2004 6:50:01 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: nwrep

Saved to your harddrive I hope?

GREAT catch!!


38 posted on 06/22/2004 6:50:16 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (God Bless America)
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To: Peach; Mo1

ping


39 posted on 06/22/2004 6:52:11 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Proud in my refusal to purchase a copy of "My Lie".)
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To: nwrep

Thanks for digging this up.

This is especially important now, that Gore has the temerity to attack Bush, claiming that Bush made up the Al Qaeda-Iraq link.

AL GORE TO ACCUSE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OF INTENTIONAL DISTORTION ON IRAQ/AL QAEDA TIES
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158188/posts


40 posted on 06/22/2004 6:57:01 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: Howlin; nwrep

Several GREAT finds in this thread but why aren't the publications who broke the news (AP, NY Slimes, etc.,) being asked for an explanation since they now dispute any connection? This should also be shared with cable networks who are not afraid to touch it and members of the GOP with some spine. Shout it from the rooftops!


41 posted on 06/22/2004 6:57:56 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: nwrep

Thanks for the post. Have circulated.


42 posted on 06/22/2004 6:58:54 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: nwrep

bump for publicity


43 posted on 06/22/2004 6:59:07 PM PDT by VOA
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To: nwrep
More evidence of a link:

"The CIA has confirmed, in interviews with detainees and informants it finds highly credible, that al Qaeda's Number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, met with Iraqi intelligence in Baghdad in 1992 and 1998. More disturbing, according to an administration official familiar with briefings the CIA has given President Bush, the Agency has "irrefutable evidence" that the Iraqi regime paid Zawahiri $300,000 in 1998, around the time his Islamic Jihad was merging with al Qaeda."

Saddam's al Qaeda Connection

But Saddam actually offering Bin Laden asylum tops it all.

I suppose the liberals will say that Bin Laden didn't accept, that proves that there is no link.

44 posted on 06/22/2004 7:00:36 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Very interesting.


45 posted on 06/22/2004 7:02:21 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: ServesURight
BOOKMARKED

 

 Ditto!!!!

46 posted on 06/22/2004 7:02:25 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So (Democrats are enemies of the USA.)
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You been talking to Ambrose?
You're finding GOLD also.


47 posted on 06/22/2004 7:08:09 PM PDT by onyx
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To: nwrep
Isn't the Internet GREAT!!!!?????

GREAT DIGGING folks......bet the Dems are having CARDIACs about now....

48 posted on 06/22/2004 7:12:21 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Pres. Reagan "Republicans think every day is the 4th of July; Dems think every day is April 15th.")
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To: nwrep

Bump!


49 posted on 06/22/2004 7:12:42 PM PDT by Incorrigible (immanentizing the eschaton)
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To: Howlin; nwrep

Incredible find! Thanks for posting, "nwrep"...and thanks for the ping "Howlin".

Bookmarked and emailed!


50 posted on 06/22/2004 7:27:11 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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