Skip to comments.IRAQ: FORMER PM REVEALS SECRET SERVICE DATA ON BIRTH OF AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ
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.
Interesting in light of Al-Douri's recently announced "death" and the long running chant of the left denying any Saddam / al-Qaeda link.
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.
"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.
1.Nail all the facts down.
3.Get Allawi on a plane to Washington.
4.Hold a national press conferance with the President.
5.Watch the left squirm.
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...
Have you seen this?
I also heard this interview. It was a good one. I think he may have a hard time getting that info.
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?
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
"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.
Which Democrats attended?
Hmmm, wonder what Hijazi's said in hist interrogations?