Skip to comments.Documents confirm Saddam Hussein government knew Zarqawi headed Al Qaeda cell in Iraq in August 2002
Posted on 03/17/2006 7:44:21 AM PST by Calpernia
March 17, 2006: Documents confirm Saddam Hussein government knew Zarqawi headed Al Qaeda cell in Iraq in August 2002
Documents released Thursday by the US government show that less than a year after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Saddam Husseins government had identified at least one active Al Qaeda cell in his country.
Among the Iraqi documents collected by U.S. intelligence during the Iraq war amd released Thursday is a document, released only in Arabic, which the US government describes as follows:
2002 Iraqi Intelligence Correspondence concerning the presence of al-Qaida Members in Iraq. Correspondence between IRS members on a suspicion, later confirmed, of the presence of an Al-Qaeda terrorist group. Moreover, it includes photos and names.
A translation of the document shows that the Al Qaeda terrorist that Saddam Husseins government had identified was none other than Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who emerged as one of the leading terrorists in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
The document, dated August 17, 2002, identifies the Al Qaeda member as Ahmed Fadil Nizal Al Khalaylah, the real name of Zarqawi, and includes a series of photos of Zarqawi. (See link at http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/documents-docex/Iraq/ISGZ-2004-019920.pdf)
A memo within the document shows that as early August 8, 2002, Zarqawi was identified as a member of Tanzeem al Qaeda, or the Al Qaeda Organization.
This document provides startling documentation that at the very least that Saddam Husseins government knew that Al Qaeda was active and functioning in Iraq.
Although the document goes on to outline activities of the group, there is no indication that the Iraqi government took any steps to stop Al Qaeda from operating within Iraq, in clear defiance of international law.
Text of the document in English translated from Arabic.
In the Name of God the Merciful
Presidency of the Republic
To the respectful Mr. M.A.M
Our source in Afghanistan No 11002 (for information about him see attachment 1) provided us with information that that Afghani Consul Ahmad Dahestani (for information about him see attachment 2) told him the following:
1. That Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan are in contact with Iraq and it that previously a group from Taliban and Osama Bin Laden group visited Iraq.
2. That America has proof that the government of Iraq and Osama Bin Laden group have shown cooperation to hit target within America.
3. That in case it is proven the involvement of Osama Bin Laden group and the Taliban in these destructive operations it is possible that American will conduct strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. That the Afghani Consul heard about the subject of Iraq relation with Osama Bin Laden group during his stay in Iran.
5. In light of this we suggest to write to the Commission of the above information.
Please view Yours With regards
Signature: , Initials : A.M.M, 15/9/2001
Foot note: Immediately send to the Chairman of Commission
OK, get ready, CBS will publish a statement saying that unless someone can prove the documents are not fakes, the information is false!!!! LMFAO !!!!
but Democrats tell us that Al-Qaida and other terrorsists were everywhere in the world EXCEPT Iraq because Sadaam was a secular ruler. How can this be?
Documents confirm Saddam Hussein government knew Zarqawi headed Al Qaeda cell in Iraq in August 2002
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Will someone out there tell the Bush administration that as enough of these documents start rolling out that it might be a wise idea to hold a live address and put forward the evidence themselves instead of relying on the media to distort it to the point that Saddam Hussein was taking pictures of Zarqawi to create wanted posters to distribute through tht Arab world?
GWB should get on prime time TV talking about this. I have no doubt clinton would do it if he thought it would help him.
I can just imagine Mr Bush sounding like one of my old Catholic elementary school teachers saying "See? So sister wasn't telling stories!" ;)
Why? Let the bloggers do it. We have 2 translators right here doing an awesome job. Let them get the congrats they deserve.
This way, it isn't made into a political football.
I hope he does. I can't help but think his latest tour to talk about the Iraq war again is timed to go along with this.
It is very compelling evidence isn't it.
Clinton's reputation for good PR comes from the fact that the entire NY, DC, Hollywood, and Academia shilled for him.
This President does not have that luxury.
Any of his statements would be disputed, and he would be accused of lying, and the public will buy anything the MSM says.
Well said Roses.
I'm sure this will be all over the MSM...
It says Ahmed Fadil Nazil al Khalaylah - which is the Zarqawi's real name.
Exactly. Clinton had press talking points Faxed out to the MSM by Carville, Begala, etc. to parallel any topic he wanted to address. They ran with stories supporting pretty much any claim he wanted to make orally.
My guess is that the American public will have a complete paradigm shift before November.
I didn't know that. Where did Zarqawi come from? Does it mean something in Arabic?
Darned tags. I hate closing tags.
OMG. Not only are the bloggers going to bring down the democratic party; but they are going to bring down the MSM!
StillProud, you all should think about organizing! All of you take sections for translating and they daisy chain each other!
they = then
>>> I especially like your icon ... documents flowing out of an Iraqi building seems very appropriate.
Is that what that was? I thought I left my webcam on and EyeSpy spied my office :))
Wow, Omar and Mohammed don't seem too supportive of Iraq.
That is sad.
I find it interesting that the administration chose this method of releasing the information. facinating, in fact.
I second that thought!
It is actually brilliant. The administration actually handed us something to work with. We now have a part in activily changing our MSM and administration!
Huh? Not sure where you got this from. They began their blog being very Pro American. Lately they simply provide information on the political process in Iraq, only occasionally stating their personal opinions.
I email Omar quite often, and I can assure you that they are still greatful for the American effort to overthrow Saddam. Omar and Mohammed actually got to visit the Oval office and shake hands with President Bush last year.
LOL ... my boss will gladly tell you it's my office ...
I didn't read the whole blog site. I skimmed over the splash page and it sounded like they weren't too happy with the Iraqi political process.
That is what I found sad. This was their first election.
I am not thrilled with the Iraqi political process either. Muqtie is still alive and politically active.
This is what these lefties are saying....I couldn't believe what he said. I couldn't even listen to all he was saying...it just made me sick this kind of crapola is being put out there and these lefties believe it!!!
I have their site bookmarked now. I will gladly read them from here on to getting a better understanding of their insights.
Example, I've no idea who Muqtie is. Now I have a place to find out. ;)
Better be careful using the words clinton and orally in the same sentence....
Major kudos to FReepers jveritas and stillproud2befree.
Exposing the truth - one document at a time. :-)
This info needs to come from the Government, not bloggers. If the blogs are the information dispensers, it will gain no leverage.
"Will someone out there tell the Bush administration that as enough of these documents start rolling out that it might be a wise idea to hold a live address and put forward the evidence themselves instead of relying on the media to distort it"
this sounds like a good idea
Ahmad Fadil Nazal AL Khalayla, the real name of Zarqawi.
Most Presidents might do just that. Fortunately, we have a Prez that cares more about gittin er done than about polls and uneducated opinions. No matter what he comes out and says, the Dims/MSM smear machine will come out and spread lies about it. Some things just need to be trusted by faith and I believe that our National Security is in competent hands with Bush at the helm. Yes, even though I wish something needs to be done about the borders, which I also believe are under more scrutiny than most of us could ever guess at. If they're so under-protected, one must wonder why they haven't been exploited to the point of us suffering another big attack. We've only heard of a few cases where they stopped/picked up "persons of interest" and I'll wager that more have been stopped and that we have a lot more knowledge about the bad guys than most of us will ever know. The more the Prez tells us about what he knows, the more likely the Dims/MSM will find some way to make even more known to the terrorists as a part of their treasonous "It's the People's right to know" subterfuge.
Any ideas why the different names? I does it signify something?
Sorry for the typos, I have too many browsers open :P
I mean does it signify something?
He was born in Zarqa, Jordan so he took the alias Zarqawi.