Skip to comments.US Troops Attacked After Saddam-Bin Laden Pact
Posted on 03/23/2006 7:14:07 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax
U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia were attacked by al Qaeda twice in the months following Saddam Hussein's decision to approve Osama bin Laden's request for help in attacking "foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia.
An Iraqi intelligence document released last week states that bin Laden met in Sudan with senior Iraqi intelligence agents on Feb. 19, 1995, where he requested help in conducting "joint operations against foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia.
Saddam "was informed of the details of the meeting in our letter 370 on March 4, 1995," the Iraqi intelligence memo explains.
The document goes on to state:
"The approval was received from the Leader, Mr. President, may God keep him . . . . We were left to develop the relationship and the cooperation between the two sides to see what other doors of cooperation and agreement open up."
Reporting on the bombshell document on Wednesday, ABC News noted:
"Given that the document claims bin Laden was proposing to the Iraqis that they conduct 'joint operations against foreign forces' in Saudi Arabia, it is interesting to note that eight months after the meeting on November 13, 1995 terrorists attacked Saudi National Guard Headquarters in Riyadh, killing 5 U.S. military advisors. The militants later confessed on Saudi TV to having been trained by Osama bin Laden."
Unnoted by ABC: Eight months after the Riyadh attack, 19 U.S. servicemen were killed when a large truck bomb blew up the Khobar Towers military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
In August 1996 - two months after the Khobar attack and a year-and-a-half after he entered into his "joint operations" agreement with Saddam - bin Laden issued a Declaration of Jihad outlining his organization's goals.
Topping his agenda, according to PBS: "Drive US forces from the Arabian Peninsula, overthrow the Government of Saudi Arabia, liberate Muslim holy sites, and support Islamic revolutionary groups around the world."
Bin Laden also declared that Saudis have the right to strike at U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf.
Hey, over here!
Only a matter of time before the libs start saying Saddam/AQ was justified because of all the terrible (yet unspecified or obviously fabricated) things we have done in the region.
Release/Translation of Classified PreWar Docs ping. If you want to be added or removed to the ping list, please Freepmail me.
CBS will call these documents: accurate, but fake.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
Liberal robot hat on:
What kinda BS is this. There were no ties between Saddam and Al Queda. Repeat, no ties!!! None, none, none, none!!! NONE!!!!!! Bush lied, people died!!! I heard it on CNN and John Stewart, its gospel. What, there are documents? Well, OK, maybe these documents are authentic, but we really can't waste time looking into them because what they are talking about is in the past. We have to get back to talking about Katrina and no WMDs which is, uhhh, well, in the umm past. Well, actually, as long as CNN, the NY Times and Keith Olberman (aka god) keep reporting on those issues, they are in the present, except for when they aren't in which case they are in the past. Hey, I know, lets talk about the Civil War in Iraq. That is what really matters, not some documents that talk about the past. Bush lied, people died!!! Grossly Incompetent!!! Domestic Spying!!! IMPEACHMENT!!! Yah, thats what I'm talking about.
liberal robot hat, off.
Anyone knows Al Qaeda was only in Afghanistan and never talked to SH.
That picture always cracks me up because it looks so much like my office...except I leave the blinds open.
Good one - thanks!
You are welcome for both.
In his later years of rule, Sadaam pretended to be religious.
I presume this is the same document that jveritas translated and we were discussing earlier in the week?
|"Anyone knows Al Qaeda was only in Afghanistan and never talked to SH."
Everyone also knows that we cannot go after any terrorists or supporters of terrorists unless they were directly involved in 9/11. If you didn't actually fly a plane into a building, you can go home.
Has an ABC story on this been posted? I haven't seen it ...
What's your problem? Don't you know Bush lied about the connection? It was a lie! Probably made up by Halliburton to steal oil. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Gosh, that is a great idea. SOme don't have dates though.
Maybe I could start on that tonight. I'm still downloading new docs at the moment, lol. Some are really big, too.
Bin Laden's Feb. 23, 1998, call for jihad lists three grievances: that U.S. warplanes use bases in Saudi Arabia to patrol the skies of Iraq, that United Nations sanctions have caused grievous suffering in Iraq, and that America's Iraq policy is designed to divert attention from Israel's treatment of Muslims. In short, bin Laden's call to arms reads as if it was issued from Baghdad.
After a June 1996 Arab League summit--the first since the Gulf War--issued a communiqué in favor of maintaining sanctions against Iraq, Iraq's government-controlled press seethed with anger. "Before it is too late, the Arabs should rectify the sin they committed against Iraq," one state-run paper warned. Saudi Arabia was the prime mover behind the Arab League's bold statement. Two days after the meeting ended, a truck bomb exploded outside the Al Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia. The U.S government never publicly charged Iraq, but Gen. Wafiq Samarai, an Iraqi defector, did. He said Saddam had asked him to join a secret committee to commit terrorist acts against U.S. forces during the Gulf War. The Al Khobar bombing was strikingly similar to the plans of that committee, Mr. Samarai said.
Next, Iraq seems to have played a role in bin Laden's plot to bomb two U.S embassies in East Africa. Beginning on May 1, 1998, Iraq warned of "dire consequences" if the U.N. sanctions were not lifted and the weapons-inspection teams removed. Eight days later, bin Laden released another statement calling for jihad against America. Throughout the summer, Iraq's and bin Laden's threatening statements moved in lockstep. Then Iraq expelled U.N. weapons inspectors on Aug. 5. Two days later, the bombs went off in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Dire consequences, indeed.
More links to other articles at the above link. Anyone that cannot see the obvious connections is delusional. Doesn't that fall right before the word Democrat in the dictionary? : )
Expect the democrats and the MSM to move the goal posts now they've been busted on this talking point.
Remember back in 1995 "we" was led by Bill Clinton.
Remember "Operation Desert Fox"? More ironically named than anyone ever intended, I bet.
You would indeed pretty much have to be clueless not to realize how desperate Saddam was to exact revenge on the United States for Desert Storm. He was so crazy he even tried to have the elder Bush assassinated for Pete's sake.
Ramzi Yousef (1993 WTC) and Terry Nichols crossed paths in the Phillipines. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (9/11)was Yousef's uncle. It is interesting to note that Yousef entered the United States on an Iraqi passport and had been known among the New York fundamentalists as "Rashid, the Iraqi". Another name that could be thrown into the mix is Abdul Rahman Yasin, a U.S. citizen who moved to Iraq in the 1960's and returned to the U.S. in 1992. After the 1993 WTC bombing, Yasin fled to Iraq and was given monthly salary and housing by Saddam Hussein's regime.
"CBS will call these documents: accurate, but fake."
Actually, they will say "authentic, but inaccurate" since the Lamestream Media are the only one who know what really happened.
Bump for the afternoon crowd
Thanks for the ping! I can't believe I had forgotten about Riyadh... just amazing all these dots that are just connecting before our eyes... (meanwhile the MSM is now disavowing the existence of DOTS).
LOL, dots? What dots? What are dots anyway? Does anyone really know what dots is?
Gregory would be too busy giggling over his funny thoughts when someone just SAYS "dots!"
Mmmm, I LOVE dippin'dots!
FEBRUARY 19, 1995 : (SUDAN : BIN LADEN MEETS WITH IRAQI INTELLIGENCE AGENTS, ASKS THEM FOR HELP IN CONDUCTING JOINT OPERATIONS AGAINST "FOREIGN FORCES" IN SAUDI ARABIA) An Iraqi intelligence document released last week [mid March 2006] states that bin Laden met in Sudan with senior Iraqi intelligence agents on Feb. 19, 1995, where he requested help in conducting "joint operations against foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia.
Saddam "was informed of the details of the meeting in our letter 370 on March 4, 1995," the Iraqi intelligence memo explains.
The document goes on to state:
"The approval was received from the Leader, Mr. President, may God keep him . . . . We were left to develop the relationship and the cooperation between the two sides to see what other doors of cooperation and agreement open up." ------- "US Troops Attacked After Saddam-Bin Laden Pact," by Carl Limbacher, NewsMax.com, March 23, 2006
And from a well-known legal case:
1995 : (SUDAN : BIN LADEN MEETS IRAQI INTELLIGENCE AGENTS, INCLUDING IIS DIRECTOR FARUQ AL-HIJAZI) Bin Laden again met with Iraqi intelligence officers in 1994 and 1995 in the Sudan. At these meetings, bin-Laden and Iraqi intelligence secret service director Faruq al-Hijazi agreed to work together on terrorist projects directed against the U.S. - Findlaw, Ashton, et al. v. al Qaeda
1995 : (SUDAN REQUESTS RUSSIAN SPARES AND TECHS FOR SCUD PROGRAM; SUDANESE SCUD SERIAL NUMBERS INDICATE THE WEAPONS HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN SOLD TO IRAQ) It is reported that in 1995 Sudan requested Russian spares and expert technicians to fix its own SCUD missiles and other sub-systems. It is reported that the serial numbers and other technical data provided by Khartoum proves that the Sudanese SCUD systems had been sold originally to Iraq. - "WMD AROUND THE WORLD : SUDAN," http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/sudan/missile/ , March 23, 2000
By 1995, Sudan would ask Russia for spares and expert technicians to fix its own SCUD missiles and other sub-systems. The serial numbers and other technical data provided by Khartoum proves that the Sudanese SCUD systems had been sold originally to Iraq - Yossef Bodansky, "The Iraqi WMD Challenge - Myths and Reality," TASK FORCE ON TERRORISM & UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515 , February 10, 1998
MARCH 1995 : (SUDAN : US EMBASSY OFFICIAL SHADOWED BY AL QAEDA) Two of bin Laden's operatives shadowed an embassy official in Khartoum, Sudan. When the US protested to Sudan about surveillance of U.S. Embassy personnel, Sudanese officials claimed that they had found out that this was done by bin Laden's men and expelled them.
1995 spring/summer : (IRAQ, IRAN, SUDAN TIES ESTABLISHED) The Spring-Summer of 1995 saw the emergence of an Iraqi-Iranian-Sudanese Axis. This Axis was the outcome of secret contacts between Iraq and Sudan, culminating in the visit to Khartoum by the Iraqi Social Affairs Minister Latif Nusayyif Jasim. In order to implement this Axis agreement, about 20 intelligence officers were added to the Iraqi Embassy in Khartoum (second only to the 26 operatives assigned to the Iraqi embassy in Amman, Jordan). Many of these intelligence officers are involved in sanctions busting via Sudan and Africa. Baghdad and Khartoum also reached an agreement to implement a comprehensive plan for strategic cooperation in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. The agreement included provisions for the dispatch of Iraqi Air Force officers and other military experts specialized in missiles, artillery, and ground battles in order to assist Sudan in meeting the ramifications of the mounting crisis with Egypt. Baghdad committed itself to supporting the Sudanese regime in what the Iraqis term "a cover for foreign interference in Sudan." Providing Sudan with rudimentary chemical warfare capabilities was a major request from Bashir that Saddam Hussein authorized. The deal followed a visit to Sudan of a high-level Iraqi delegation, led by the Chief of the Chemical Weapons Directorate of the Iraqi Defense Ministry. The delegation surveyed the sites Iraqi experts would have to operate in. On their return to Baghdad, the delegation recommended a prudent approach to meeting the needs of the Sudanese.
Saddam conveyed the message to Bashir and both presidents reached an agreement on CW cooperation. Meanwhile, teams of Iraqi intelligence, military and commando officers arrived in Khartoum in the Summer of 1995 to assist the Sudanese armed forces against what the Iraqis now called "foreign intervention in Sudan." - Yossef Bodansky, "The Iraqi WMD Challenge - Myths and Reality," TASK FORCE ON TERRORISM & UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515 , February 10, 1998
MAY 31, 1995 : (WEAPONS COMPONENTS ARE SHIPPED INTO IRAQ VIA JORDAN UNDER CHINESE DIPLOMATIC COVER AS "MEDICINE") Components for Saddam Husayn's biological weapons programme were slipped into Iraq under Chinese diplomatic cover, according to documents seen by The Sunday Times in Baghdad [in May 2003]. The documents refer to 137 kilograms of laboratory chemicals being channelled to Iraq from China in the guise of medical supplies. The cargo, flown to Jordan on May 31, 1995, was listed as "medicine" in a Jordanian customs report and the recipient was described as "Chinese embassy", Amman. Correspondence found in Baghdad shows that the 16 boxes contained chemicals - including some described by the supplier as "hazardous products" that should be stowed with extreme caution. A former Iraqi intelligence agent familiar with the deal said that from Amman the cargo was collected by Chinese diplomats based at the embassy in Baghdad. They escorted it in embassy vehicles across the border from Jordan to the Iraqi capital. From the Chinese embassy in Baghdad the goods were delivered in several batches to the car boot of an Iraqi intelligence operative who hid them in his home to prevent their discovery by United Nations weapons inspectors. From time to time he delivered small quantities to a research commission overseeing the biological weapons programme. The Iraqi source said that Baghdad went to great lengths to try to influence the Chinese whose power of veto on the UN security council made them one of the leading players in Iraq's conflict with America. To this end, Iraqi intelligence never missed an opportunity to gather potential blackmail material. The transfer of chemicals from the Chinese embassy vehicle to the Iraqi's car was secretly filmed by Iraqi agents from a department charged with monitoring the foreign diplomatic community. ----------- "China Linked To Iraq Bio-Weapons, " Report by Matthew Campbell in Baghdad, London The Sunday Times 25 May 03 China Linked To Iraq Bio-Weapons
1995 summer : (IRAQ AIDS SUDAN WITH 'FOREIGN INTERVENTION' ) Teams of Iraqi intelligence, military and commando officers arrived in Khartoum in the Summer of 1995 to assist the Sudanese armed forces against what the Iraqis now called "foreign intervention in Sudan." Officially, the Iraqi expeditionary units had two tasks: (1) to supervise and maintain the Iraqi strategic weapons and military equipment stored in Sudan away from the UN inspection teams; and (2) train the Sudanese in intelligence work and help reorganize the Sudanese Army along the same lines as the Iraqi Republican Guard. By the Fall, the impact of the Iraqi-Sudanese cooperation was apparent in the performance of units fighting in the south and deployed near the Egyptian border in the north-east. - Yossef Bodansky, "The Iraqi WMD Challenge - Myths and Reality," TASK FORCE ON TERRORISM & UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515 , February 10, 1998
1990s mid : (US DECLARES SUDAN IS A TERRORIST STATE & IMPOSES SANCTIONS; BUT FRANCE & GERMANY JUMP IN TO HELP SUDAN, PERSUADE UN TO DROP THE TERM 'SLAVERY' IN REFERENCE TO SUDAN'S GOVERNMENT POLICIES) The US government declared Sudan to be a terrorist state. It sponsored strong resolutions at the UN Commission for Human Rights condemning Khartoum for slavery and a host of other crimes.
Strict US economic sanctions were imposed. What did the Franco-German duo do? It led the EU in the opposite direction. France provided Khartoum with military intelligence for the prosecution of the jihad, while French and German helicopters have been used for ethnic cleansing in southern Sudan's oil fields. Driving black, non-Muslims out of their homes creates greater security for the investments of oil firms like Total Fina (France/Belgium) and the German engineering giant Mannesmann.
The Sudanese government's role in the revival of the country's once-dormant slave trade formed the greatest single political obstacle to legitimizing the EU's appeasement policy. France and Germany therefore spearheaded a UN whitewash of this crime against humanity. With the rest of the EU and their new East European satellite states in tow, they overcame American objections and easily persuaded the UN Commission on Human Rights to censor any use of the word ''slavery'' from official documents on Sudan and replace it with the euphemism ''abduction'' -- a lesser offense.
Why work against American policy? By the mid-1990s, Paris and Berlin had already laid the foundations for the cultural and economic integration of the EU with the Islamic states of North Africa and the Middle East. The expansion of Franco-German hegemony over an area that approximates the bounds of the Roman Empire would fulfill the ambition to counter America, the only remaining superpower. - "'Old Europe' and Sudan's jihad," by John Eibner and Charles Jacobs, The Boston Globe, March 15 2003 ..
1990s mid : (PAKISTAN : IRAQI EMBASSY HOSTED IRAQI BIOCHEMICAL SCIENTISTS : IRAQI SCIENTISTS MET WITH AL QAEDA OPERATIVES INCLUDING ZARQAWI AT THE NEARBY TALIBAN EMBASSY) It is widely known that Zarqawi, al Qaeda's chief biochemical engineer, was at the safe house in Afghanistan where traces of Ricin and other poisons were originally found. What is not widely known-but was briefly alluded to in Sec. Powell's U.N. address-is that starting in the mid-1990s, Iraq's embassy in Islamabad routinely played host to Saddam's biochemical scientists, some of whom interacted with al Qaeda operatives, including Zarqawi and his lab technicians, under the diplomatic cover of the Taliban embassy nearby to teach them the art of mixing poisons from home grown and readily available raw materials. CIA Director George Tenet confirmed the outcome of this arrangement last week in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee when he said that "
Iraq has provided training in poisons and gases to al Qaeda
the results of which were successful
" - "Hand in Glove (Iraq and al Qaeda) ," by Mansoor Ijaz, National Review , Feb.18, 2003
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