Skip to comments.SADDAM AIDES LEAD INSURGENCY AS ISLAMISTS
Posted on 11/26/2005 1:14:15 PM PST by LibWhacker
LONDON [MENL] -- Aides of deposed President Saddam Hussein, under the guise of Al Qaida fighters, have been leading the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.
Islamic sources said many of the Al Qaida-aligned cells that have appeared over the last two years stemmed from units in the Saddam military. The sources said Baathist operatives have adopted Islamic identities to exploit support among Muslims for Al Qaida.
The Baathist strategy was formed during Saddam's rule, the sources said. They pointed to the "Return to Faith Campaign" directed by then-Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri, which sought to curry favor from Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq and the Gulf. Earlier this month, Saddam supporters claimed Al Douri died.
In October 2005, a leading Al Qaida-aligned web forum, Al Farouq [www.al-farouq.com] posted an article that detailed the transformation of Saddam units into Al Qaida-aligned cells. The article, signed "The Degenerate, Base Salafist," asserted that Saddam aides were able to conduct mass-casualty strikes against Iraqis under the banner of Islam.
Further proof that Saddam was entirely willing to work with Al Qaida for his own ends. These plans were drawn up before the invasion.
But the RATS assure us that Saddam would have nothing to do with Osama's minions.
We know Saddamite / Al Qaeda coordination is impossible. The Democrats tell us so.
It's amazing how engrained that is, in the Left's talking points. One of their many mistaken articles of faith.