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IRAQ: FORMER PM REVEALS SECRET SERVICE DATA ON BIRTH OF AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ
AdnKronos ^ | May 23, 2005

Posted on 11/15/2005 3:03:58 PM PST by billorites

The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. In an interview, Allawi made public information discovered by the Iraqi secret service in the archives of the Saddam Hussein regime, which sheds light on the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the Islamic terrorist network. He also said that both al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in the same period.

"Al-Zawahiri was summoned by Izza Ibrahim Al-Douri – then deputy head of the council of the leadership of the revolution - to take part in the congress, along with some 150 other Islamic figures from 50 Muslim countries," Allawi said.

According to Allawi, important information has been gathered regarding the presence of another key terrorist figure operating in Iraq - the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"The Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi entered Iraq secretly in the same period," Allawi affirmed, "and began to form a terrorist cell, even though the Iraqi services do not have precise information on his entry into the country," he said.

Allawi's remarks come after statements to al-Hayat by King Abdallah II of Jordan over Saddam's refusal to hand over al-Zarqawi to the authorities in Amman.

On this question Allawi said: ''The words of the Jordanian King are correct and important. We have proof of al-Zawahiri's visit to Iraq, but we do not have the precise date or information on al-Zarqawi's entry, though it is likely that he arrived around the same time."

In Allawi's view, Saddam's government "sponsored" the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq, coordinating with other terrorist groups, both Arab and Muslim. "The Iraqi secret services had links to these groups through a person called Faruq Hajizi, later named Iraq's ambassador to Turkey and arrested after the fall of Saddam's regime as he tried to re-enter Iraq. Iraqi secret agents helped terrorists enter the country and directed them to the Ansar al-Islam camps in the Halbija area," he said.

The former prime minister claims that Saddam's regime sought to involve even Palestinian Abu Nidal - head of a group once considered the world's most dangerous terrorist organisation - in its terrorist circuit. Abu Nidal's organisation was responsible for terrorist attacks in some 20 countries, killing more than 300 people and wounding hundreds more.

He added that Abu Nidal's refusal to cooperate with Islamist groups was the reason for his death in Iraq, in the summer of 2002.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abunidal; alqaedainiraq; iraq; zarqawi
Hadn't seen this posted previously.

Interesting in light of Al-Douri's recently announced "death" and the long running chant of the left denying any Saddam / al-Qaeda link.

1 posted on 11/15/2005 3:04:00 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

This is old news.

The libs have written it off as "lies" by Allawi.

We all know there's a connection between Hussein and Al-Qaeda. Everyone has known this. Some just choose to ignore it because it doesn't fit their agenda.


2 posted on 11/15/2005 3:06:39 PM PST by nuffsenuff (Don't get stuck on Stupid - General Russ Honore Sept 21, 2005)
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To: billorites

Bush's fault.


3 posted on 11/15/2005 3:06:51 PM PST by naturalized (Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called walking.)
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To: billorites

"and the long running chant of the left denying any Saddam / al-Qaeda link"

And they'll keep right on doing it as long as their democratic friends in the msm let them.
Please don't confuse them with the facts.


4 posted on 11/15/2005 3:07:31 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: billorites


1.Nail all the facts down.

2.Document everything.

3.Get Allawi on a plane to Washington.

4.Hold a national press conferance with the President.

5.Watch the left squirm.


5 posted on 11/15/2005 3:09:14 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: billorites

I heard an interview with Bill Bennett this morning...he was interviewing Stephen Hayes of Weekly Standard...

Hayes said he has filed numerous freedom of information acts petitions to see the "millions of pages of Iraqi intelligence and weapons" that were found after the fall of Baghdad...

He has been unsuccesful...but he swears that if we could get access to those papers..it would PROVE Saddams relation to AQ...


6 posted on 11/15/2005 3:09:45 PM PST by Txsleuth (I am the real TXSLEUTH...please freepmail me if you doubt it.)
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To: Txsleuth

Have you seen this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1522310/posts


7 posted on 11/15/2005 3:13:12 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood (left unchecked, Saddam Hussein...will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton)
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To: Txsleuth

I also heard this interview. It was a good one. I think he may have a hard time getting that info.


8 posted on 11/15/2005 3:13:47 PM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Para-Ord.45
1.Nail all the facts down.
2.Document everything.
3.Get Allawi on a plane to Washington.
4.Hold a national press conferance with the President.
5.Watch the left squirm.

Absolutely. And why aren't we seeing this? Remember the momement Ghadafy gave up his nukes. Bush and Blair were right there. Dramatic moment. Do all the good PR people work for the Hollywood Democrats?

9 posted on 11/15/2005 3:18:22 PM PST by rhombus
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To: billorites
The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.

No, no. This can't be right. We all know that Al Qaeda had nothing to do with Iraq until we went to war there. /s

10 posted on 11/15/2005 3:32:36 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Txsleuth
I have no doubt that Iraq and Al-quada were connected. What I don't get is why concrete proof isn't getting out. Surly we found plenty of evidence. I don't understand why information collected in a sensitive way couldn't be released as "found after the liberation". Any thoughts?
11 posted on 11/15/2005 4:07:39 PM PST by Farmerbob
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To: Farmerbob
It was regarded as common knowledge before Bush became President and was widely reported. After that, everyone developed amnesia. Click Here to see an example.
12 posted on 11/15/2005 4:12:01 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: nuffsenuff

"The libs have written it off as "lies" by Allawi."

The libs can take a long jog off a short pier. They routinely state, as "fact", BS which they have no facts to back up.


13 posted on 11/15/2005 5:30:19 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: billorites

Which Democrats attended?


14 posted on 11/15/2005 7:49:58 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: popdonnelly

No doubt.


15 posted on 11/16/2005 6:12:01 AM PST by nuffsenuff (Don't get stuck on Stupid - General Russ Honore Sept 21, 2005)
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To: billorites

http://www.mediaresearch.org/rm/cyber/2004/binladen061704/segment1.ram


Hmmm, wonder what Hijazi's said in hist interrogations?


16 posted on 08/05/2006 6:57:13 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: billorites
I always figured the commie leftists have self interest in planting the lie there was no Saddam / al-Qaeda link.

Old Hillry could not have with a straight face read her prepared statement to Rummy on world TV were that link acknowledged.
17 posted on 08/05/2006 7:00:59 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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