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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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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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To: nwrep; Maria S; doug from upland
"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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To: nwrep; Howlin
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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