Skip to comments.No Evidence Of A Saddam - Osama Link?
Posted on 02/11/2007 2:12:04 PM PST by Starman417
Via Powerline we get this trip down memory lane. 1999 to be exact. It's a ABC news report which details all the connections between Saddam and Osama, of course this was before Bush came along and "cooked" the books according to the NYT's. First the video:
(See it here)
Now take a look at the new NYT's editorial:
It took far too long, but a report by the Pentagon inspector general has finally confirmed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfelds do-it-yourself intelligence office cooked up a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to help justify an unjustifiable war.
The report said the team headed by Douglas Feith, under secretary of defense for policy, developed alternative assessments of intelligence on Iraq that contradicted the intelligence community and drew conclusions that were not supported by the available intelligence. Mr. Feith certainly knew the Central Intelligence Agency would cry foul, so he hid his findings from the C.I.A. Then Vice President Dick Cheney used them as proof of cloak-and-dagger meetings that never happened, long-term conspiracies between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden that didnt exist, and most unforgivable possible Iraqi coordination on the 9/11 attacks, which no serious intelligence analyst believed.
Of course they forget how many of the left's heroes were singing the words "Saddam and Osama" in the 90's and beyond. Short memory and all I suppose. Here is a refresher:
We have solid reporting of senior-level contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida going back a decade. - George Tenet 2002
there was that relationship that went from opposing each other to not opposing each other to possibly working with each other. - Patrick Fitzgerald 2004
Certainly there's a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda - General Wesley Clarke 2002
In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. - Sen. Hillary Clinton 2002
I want to be real clear about the connection with terrorists. I've seen a lot of evidence on this. There are extensive contacts between Saddam Hussein's government and al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. I never could reach the conclusion that [Saddam] was part of September 11. Don't get me wrong about that. But there was so much smoke there that it made me worry. And you know, some people say with a great facility, al Qaeda and Saddam could never get together. He is secular and they're theological. But there's something that tied them together. It's their hatred of us. - Sen. Joe Lieberman 2003
Just a few to get ya started, more to come.
Then lets look at a few points from my posts a few years back:
Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, a 37 year old Iraqi citizen, was a greeter at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in August 2000 (I know, sounds kinda like wal-mart but apparently greeters are quite common in Southeast Asia). How was he hired to be a greeter? Ahmed had told associates that he had been hired by contact's in the Iraqi embassy. What's unusual is that it was this contact, not his employer, who told him when and where to report to.
In late December of 1999 the CIA, NSA and The State Department all received intelligence that indicated there would be a Al-Qaeda meeting in Malaysia in early January of 2000. The NSA had intercepted communications from those tied to the 1998 Kenya/Tanzania embassy bombings. The information was incomplete but did contain the names of three people, Khalid, Nawaf, and Salem.
The CIA and Malaysian intelligence set up a joint operation to track the meeting. They got many photographs of the principals arriving. Principals such as Khalid al Mihdhar (A known al-Qaeda associate), Nawaf al Hazmi, Yazid Sufaat (another known al-Qaeda associate) and Ramzi bin al Shibh. An interesting note about Ramzi, he would later brag to be the "coordinator of the holy tuesday operation" (9/11).
Ahmed was told to work the day these guys showed up. After greeting these fine folks Ahmed didn't go back to work but left with them to the meeting. The meeting ended on Jan 8th and Ahmed quit on the 10th.
The purpose of this meeting? The planning of attack on the USS Cole and 9/11. Malaysian and American intelligence bear this out. Don't believe it? Then guess who was on flight 77 on 9/11? Nawaf al Hazmi, his brother Salem and Khalid al Mihdhar...that's right, the same folks photographed upon their arrival for the above meeting.
Or how about Andrew McCarthy's post some time back with a few facts you should be aware of:
What does the nothing whatsoever crowd have to say about:
- Ahmed Hikmat Shakir the Iraqi Intelligence operative who facilitated a 9/11 hijacker into Malaysia and was in attendance at the Kuala Lampur meeting with two of the hijackers, and other conspirators, at what is roundly acknowledged to be the initial 9/11 planning session in January 2000? Who was arrested after the 9/11 attacks in possession of contact information for several known terrorists? Who managed to make his way out of Jordanian custody over our objections after the 9/11 attacks because of special pleading by Saddams regime?
- Saddam's intelligence agency's efforts to recruit jihadists to bomb Radio Free Europe in Prague in the late 1990's?
- Mohammed Atta's unexplained visits to Prague in 2000, and his alleged visit there in April 2001 which notwithstanding the 9/11 Commission's dismissal of it (based on interviewing exactly zero relevant witnesses) the Czechs have not retracted?
- The Clinton Justice Department's allegation in a 1998 indictment (two months before the embassy bombings) against bin Laden, to wit: In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.
- Seized Iraq Intelligence Service records indicating that Saddam's henchmen regarded bin Laden as an asset as early as 1992?
- Saddam's hosting of al Qaeda No. 2, Ayman Zawahiri beginning in the early 1990s, and reports of a large payment of money to Zawahiri in 1998?
- Saddams ten years of harboring of 1993 World Trade Center bomber Abdul Rahman Yasin?
- Iraqi Intelligence Service operatives being dispatched to meet with bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1998 (the year of bin Ladens fatwa demanding the killing of all Americans, as well as the embassy bombings)?
- Saddams official press lionizing bin Laden as an Arab and Islamic hero following the 1998 embassy bombing attacks?
- The continued insistence of high-ranking Clinton administration officials to the 9/11 Commission that the 1998 retaliatory strikes (after the embassy bombings) against a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory were justified because the factory was a chemical weapons hub tied to Iraq and bin Laden?
- Top Clinton administration counterterrorism official Richard Clarkes assertions, based on intelligence reports in 1999, that Saddam had offered bin Laden asylum after the embassy bombings, and Clarkes memo to then-National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, advising him not to fly U-2 missions against bin Laden in Afghanistan because he might be tipped off by Pakistani Intelligence, and [a]rmed with that knowledge, old wily Usama will likely boogie to Baghdad? (See 9/11 Commission Final Report, p. 134 & n.135.)
- Terror master Abu Musab Zarqawi's choice to boogie to Baghdad of all places when he needed surgery after fighting American forces in Afghanistan in 2001?
- Saddam's Intelligence Service running a training camp at Salman Pak, were terrorists were instructed in tactics for assassination, kidnapping and hijacking?
- Former CIA Director George Tenets October 7, 2002 letter to Congress, which asserted: Our understanding of the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda is evolving and is based on sources of varying reliability. Some of the information we have received comes from detainees, including some of high rank.
- We have solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda going back a decade.
- Credible information indicates that Iraq and Al Qaeda have discussed safe haven and reciprocal nonaggression.
- Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some that have been in Baghdad.
- We have credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaeda members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs.
- Iraq's increasing support to extremist Palestinians coupled with growing indications of relationship with Al Qaeda suggest that Baghdad's links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action.
But alas, it was Bushitler and his evil regime cooking the books, rubbing their hands in glee over a witches brew....
Do these people ever come back to reality?
more than two years after the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was ousted, there is much we do not know about the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. We do know, however, that there was one. We know about this relationship not from Bush administration assertions but from internal Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) documents recovered in Iraq after the war--documents that have been authenticated by a U.S. intelligence community long hostile to the very idea that any such relationship exists.
We know from these IIS documents that beginning in 1992 the former Iraqi regime regarded bin Laden as an Iraqi Intelligence asset. We know from IIS documents that the former Iraqi regime provided safe haven and financial support to an Iraqi who has admitted to mixing the chemicals for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. We know from IIS documents that Saddam Hussein agreed to Osama bin Laden's request to broadcast anti-Saudi propaganda on Iraqi state-run television. We know from IIS documents that a "trusted confidante" of bin Laden stayed for more than two weeks at a posh Baghdad hotel as the guest of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
We have been told by Hudayfa Azzam, the son of bin Laden's longtime mentor Abdullah Azzam, that Saddam Hussein welcomed young al Qaeda members "with open arms" before the war, that they "entered Iraq in large numbers, setting up an organization to confront the occupation," and that the regime "strictly and directly" controlled their activities. We have been told by Jordan's King Abdullah that his government knew Abu Musab al Zarqawi was in Iraq before the war and requested that the former Iraqi regime deport him. We have been told by Time magazine that confidential documents from Zarqawi's group, recovered in recent raids, indicate other jihadists had joined him in Baghdad before the Hussein regime fell. We have been told by one of those jihadists that he was with Zarqawi in Baghdad before the war. We have been told by Ayad Allawi, former Iraqi prime minister and a longtime CIA source, that other Iraqi Intelligence documents indicate bin Laden's top deputy was in Iraq for a jihadist conference in September 1999.
There is a mountain of evidence to prove that Saddam did indeed have contacts with al-Qaeda. The Democrats were absolutely convinced of that fact back when ole' Bill was in office but they have a selective memory now.
Even Bill knew there was a connection when the indictment was issued against Osama:
In fact, during President Clinton's eight years in office, there were at least two official pronouncements of an alarming alliance between Baghdad and al Qaeda. One came from William S. Cohen, Mr. Clinton's defense secretary. He cited an al Qaeda-Baghdad link to justify the bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan.
Mr. Bush cited the linkage, in part, to justify invading Iraq and ousting Saddam. He said he could not take the risk of Iraq's weapons falling into bin Laden's hands.
The other pronouncement is contained in a Justice Department indictment on Nov. 4, 1998, charging bin Laden with murder in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
The indictment disclosed a close relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam's regime, which included specialists on chemical weapons and all types of bombs, including truck bombs, a favorite weapon of terrorists.
The 1998 indictment said: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq."
Shortly after the embassy bombings, Mr. Clinton ordered air strikes on al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and on the Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.
To justify the Sudanese plant as a target, Clinton aides said it was involved in the production of deadly VX nerve gas. Officials further determined that bin Laden owned a stake in the operation and that its manager had traveled to Baghdad to learn bomb-making techniques from Saddam's weapons scientists.
Now, conveniently, everyone has a memory loss. And our MSM continues to aid and abet that memory loss by ignoring their own past judgements.
Just ask Laurie Mylroie, former Clinton terrorism czar, who wrote the following in 1999:
A series of articles followed in the international, particularly Arabic, press about links between Iraq and bin Ladin. Some party/ies wanted to put the story out, it seems. Some information in the articles is known and reliable, like the role of Hassan Turabi, head of Sudan's Islamic movement, in putting Osama bin Ladin in contact with Iraqi intelligence, during bin Ladin's residence in Khartoum. But other information would not likely be known to outsiders and seems invented.
That said, on Dec 28, the Italian paper, Corriere della Sera, reported "Saddam Husayn and Osama Bin Ladin have sealed a pact. Faruq Hijazi, the former director of the Iraqi secret services and now the country's ambassador to Turkey, held a secret meeting with the extremist leader on 21 December. . . . Hijazi reiterated Iraq's amenability to offering shelter to Osama and to his mujahedin, 'You will always be a welcome guest. . . We cannot forget our debt of gratitude. This was a reference to the establishment last February of the 'International Islamic Front against the Crusaders and the Jews,' announced by Osama in the midst of one of the periodic crises between Iraq and the United Nations. . . The same ritual was reenacted during the most recent crisis. The day after the air strikes, Osama called an international news conference and issued a new statement, including threats that neither Washington nor London are taking lightly. . . . "
On Jan 1, the Paris-based, Al Watan Al Arabi, reported that in late Oct, 98, an Iraqi and Sudanese visited bin Ladin in Afghanistan. "Informed intelligence sources . . . were convinced that it was part of a new plan for cooperation and coordination, or more accurately a renewed one, between Iraq, bin Ladin and Sudan. Information available to these sources confirmed that bin-Ladin began to establish close ties with Iraq at least five years ago, specifically when the leader of Muslim extremists chose to reside in Sudan with the blessing and protection of Dr. Hassan al-Turabi, leader of the National Islamic Movement. These sources asserted that they received in the past few years confirmed and detailed information that cooperation between bin Ladin and Iraq entered 'an important and grave stage' through their cooperation in the field of producing chemical and biological weapons. "Al Watan al-Arabi's information indicated that several western diplomatic and security sources, including European ones, which have good relations with Sudan, warned in secret reports they sent at the end of last year that Iraq, Sudan, and bin Ladin were cooperating and coordinating in the field of chemical weapons. These reports said that several chemical factories were built in Sudan. They were financed by bin Ladin and supervised by Iraqi experts and technicians following a deal between Baghdad, Khartoum, and bin-Ladin. . . . "Informed sources asserted that the meeting was extremely serious. The two sides laid down the details of the biggest act of cooperation and coordination between the extremist Islamic organizations and Baghdad for confronting the United States, the common enemy. This information indicated that the meeting focused on the ways with which Iraq could help the germ and chemical weapons laboratories. A second meeting was held later in which "Bin Ladin stressed to the Iraqi envoys that he could reach areas, which the Iraqi intelligence could not reach. He referred to the spread of his cells in the Arab countries and the world and focused on his ability to penetrate Arab and Islamic countries through fundamentalist groups."
On Jan 10, the Saudi-financed, London-based, weekly, Al-Majallah, reported that in Oct 98, an Iraqi intelligence official met with the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, Osama bin Ladin, and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of Egypt's Jihad movement. In Dec, according to Al-Majllah, the Iraqi embassy in Islamabad held a series of meetings with "leaders of a number of Pakistani fundamentalist movements and elements from the Taleban, with the knowledge of Pakistani military intelligence . . . On 21 December a high-ranking Iraqi diplomat normally based in Turkey visited Taleban leader Mullah Omar's residence in Kandahar, then headed for Khowat where he met with bin Ladin and al-Zawahiri. . . . [He] affirmed to his Afghan and Arab audience Iraq's willingness to provide financial, logistic, political and informational support for the Taleban and the Afghan Arabs."
Yeah, memory loss, that's the ticket.
But according to today's NYT's, there was never ANY intelligence to indicate Saddam and Osama were buddies. Nope. All a figment of our imagination.
Check out Scott Malensk's huge resource on all the links:
http://www.gwotnews.info/latest.htm (article with huge list of links to investigations etc)
Saddam Ties: http://www.scottmalensek.com/PhaseIIrebuttalrpt.pdf http://www.gwotnews.info/saddam1.pdf
WMD: http://gwotnews.info/wmdsyria.pdf http://www.scottmalensek.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=248
The left lies: http://www.gwotnews.info/leftlies.pdf
this wilting and waffling of american will to differentiate right from wrong will be the downfall. the terrorists? love the confusion in america and its easy to generate new divisive b/s for the mindsets to try to grapple with. all of it wastes american resources and gives them time and accordingly power to continue their agenda , unabated.
wilting and waffling
Just damn! No WMDs and no al Quada link. That thar' Bush sure is a liar. I sure wish the ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN would tell the Amerikan public how stupid they were to have elected this big fat LIAR twice to the Office of POTUS. Now the Clintons and the Democrat administrations/ legislatures sure are honest, and they have Amerika's best interests at heart.
Only one cure for these lying Republicans - elect the grand Caliphate and Umma, Hillary!
Your link is no worky.
Another good article by Stephen Hayes regarding Saddam Hussein's terrorist ties to the Abu Sayaaf in the Philippines: (one of these attacks killed a U.S. Army sergeant)
Excellent comment: nail/head, concise, to the point and I believe 100% on target.
The administration has done a horrible job in term of PR regarding this matter. There is no reason whatsoever to let the left lie with impunity about the relationship between Iraq and AQ.
For goodness sake, Clinton's federal indictment of OBL mentions that AQ agrees not to attack Iraq in exchange for weapons training. That sounds exactly like a relationship and business deal to me!
This is way too big of a propaganda offensive just to bolster the senate democrat efforts to pass useless resolutions against the Surge. This must be flanking an effort to pull out of Iraq entirely so I'd be looking for Hillary to sudden announce that she has concluded that 'there is no choice' but to withdraw immediately 'because of the faulty intelligence and disasterous lack of leadership'. Lets see if it takes more or less than a week for this to occur.
BIN LADEN / HUSSEIN CONNECTION REPORTS
(Thanks for saving this Peach.)
What's amazing is how thoroughly the msm has buried James Woolsey - former CIA director, and what he has to say about intelligence on the mutual attraction and twisted skeins of complicity between America's two most implacable enemies.
Woolsey testifed at the NY trial that led a federal judge to find Iraq monetarily responsible to victims of al Qaeda's 1993 WTC bombing.
While Saddam may not have PLANNED the hit .. I'm very confident he was happy to be complicit in it .. and allowed terrorists to train on Iraq soil. And .. if Saddam was not complicit in the hit .. then why on earth would he have commissioned the above picture showing his glee at the event ..?? Maybe Osama personally didn't contact Saddam about this hit .. but Saddam was still involved in it - of that I'm very sure.
And Saddam kept his end of the deal ... chem-bio trainers were sent to Afghanistan to do training for Osama's people. But I'm still waiting for the evidence from Salaman Pak to surface showing Saddam helped train 911 murderers. If that ever surfaces, the democrap party will be head deep in their own sludge and the spittle of media whoredom will drown this nation as they try to spin it away for their damned democrats.
I know, and that's why I don't understand the administration's reluctance to discuss this issue and condemn the Democrat's lies about this matter.
I'd give it 2-4 weeks. They don't really work that hard in congress.
I agree .. that's what the picture looks like to me.
So he wasn't buddies with Osama .. who cares.
Thank you for putting this together. There is nowhere in the media that this could be found in such an accessible form.
OPINION: The jihad is fueled by hate. The glue that binds that global jihad together is their hateful agenda. The internet is the primary communication tool which enables the global jihad to teach, preach, raise funds, and recruit.
A LINK SAMPLER On The 'Net:
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE WARNS ON QUICK IRAQ PULLOUT" by Bill Gertz (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq warns that pulling U.S. troops out of the country too soon would lead to a collapse of the Iraqi military, outside intervention and the creation of safe havens for al Qaeda terrorists. An unclassified summary of the 90-page estimate, "Prospects for Iraq's Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead," stated that U.S. and allied troops "remain an essential stabilizing element in Iraq."") (February 3, 2007)
TERRORISM-INFO.org.il - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S.): "Argentina accuses Iran of responsibility for the Hezbollah terrorist attack which destroyed Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, 1994. The Argentinean Attorney General's office announced it had found Iran responsible for the terrorist attack and an Argentinean judge issued arrest warrants for seven senior Iranians and one senior Hezbollah member" (November 14, 2006)
FOX NEWS.com: "REPORT: IRAN PREPARING TO PUT SATELLITE IN ORBIT" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""A reconnaissance satellite of reasonable performance should weigh about 300 kilograms [660 lb.]," says Uzi Rubin, the former head of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, in a report for The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. "Once Iran learns how to put 300 kilograms into earth orbit, it could adapt the satellite launcher into an ICBM that could drop more than 300 kilograms anywhere in the world."") (January 26, 2007)
BILL ROGGIO.com - THE FOURTH RAIL - blog: "THE KARBALA ATTACK AND THE IRGC" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The American Forces Information Service provides the details of the attack in Karbala. Based on the sophisticated nature of the raid, as well as the response, or cryptic non-responses, from multiple military and intelligence sources, this raid appears to have been directed and executed by the Qods Force branch of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps.") (January 26, 2007)
stepping back in time...CNN.com: "TRANSCRIPT OF OSAMA BIN LADEN VIDEOTAPE" (TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "UBL: (...Inaudible...) when people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse. This is only one goal; those who want people to worship the lord of the people, without following that doctrine, will be following the doctrine of Muhammad, peace be upon him. (UBL quotes several short and incomplete Hadith verses, as follows): "I was ordered to fight the people until they say there is no god but Allah, and his prophet Muhammad." "Some people may ask: why do you want to fight us?" "There is an association between those who say: I believe in one god and Muhammad is his prophet, and those who don't (...inaudible...) "Those who do not follow the true fiqh. The fiqh of Muhammad, the real fiqh. They are just accepting what is being said at face value."") (December 13, 2001)
WHITEHOUSE.gov: News Release: United States Department of State, Washington, D.C. - "PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ON IRAQ" (SPEECH SNIPPET: "And the reason why that's vital is because Iraq is a central component of defeating the extremists who want to establish safe haven in the Middle East, extremists who would use their safe haven from which to attack the United States, extremists and radicals who have stated that they want to topple moderate governments in order to be able to achieve assets necessary to effect their dream of spreading their totalitarian ideology as far and wide as possible. This is really the calling of our time, that is, to defeat these extremists and radicals, and Iraq is a component part, an important part of laying the foundation for peace.") (December 11, 2006)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "UN SACRIFICIO POR LA CAUSA DE ALLAH" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Since we first reported on Hizballah's Latin American offspring, it appeared to be a strictly Venezuelan phenomenon. Since then, however, new shoots have sprung up in El Salvador and in Chiapas in southern Mexico. To say that these folks are not "real Hizballah" is true to a point. We are used to thinking of Hizballah as a strictly-controlled entity of Lebanese origin operating at the behest of the Iranian regime. It is possible that no one is more surprised than Hizballah Lebanon to learn that they have given rise to Latin American affiliates, but they have. If there is one thing Iran and Hizballah could use right now, it's operatives who are not Iranian, not Lebanese, not obviously Arab or Persian - people who are more likely to be able to travel below the radar. Guys like this (sans the bomb - we're sure the Revolutionary Guards can hook the brother up with something more effective when he gets to his final destination): There is no reason to think anything good will come from all this.") (October 25, 2006)
FreeRepublic.com: March 2001 Document: Saddam Regime Plans to Strike American Presence and Interests (Translation). Pentagon/FMSO website for Iraq Pre-war documents http://126.96.36.199/ ^ | October 16 2006 | jveritas" -Posted on 10/16/2006 2:17:50 PM PDT by jveritas (SNIPPET - QUOTE: Document CMPC-2003-006758.pdf contain a memo form the Iraqi Intelligence Service ( The Apparatus) dated March 28 2001 that talks about plans to Strike US presence and interest in response to the new policies of President Bush toward Iraq and that aims at toppling the regime according to the memo. Few months ago there was another memo from the Iraqi Air Force also dated March 2001 that talk about recruiting member of the Iraq Air Force to conduct suicide missions against US interest (March 2001 Document: Saddam Regime Recruits Suicide Terrorists to Hit US Interests http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1610012/posts). This document CMPC-2003-006758.pdf is yet another proof that Saddam regime was working all the time to strike us and that it was our national interest had to take him out. Translation of pages 5 and 6 of document CMPC-2003-006758.pdf)
FreeRepublic.com: "Iraqi Documents: Projects to Rebuild Saddam Nuclear Facilities (Translation) Pentagon/FMSO website for Iraq Pre-war documents http://188.8.131.52/ ^ | October 12 2006 | jveritas" -Posted on 10/12/2006 8:11:36 AM PDT by jveritas (SNIPPET - QUOTE: Documents CMPC-2004-003978.pdf and CMPC-2004-002191.pdf contains memos dated from 1999 to 2001 that talk about projects sponsored by the Iraqi Atomic Nuclear Agency to rebuild some of their nuclear facilities and equipments. All the projects were dated after the UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in December 1998. These facilities and equipments were part of Iraq clandestine nuclear weapon program before the 1991 Gulf War and they were destroyed by the bombing and some were dismantled by the UN weapon inspector. Rebuilding these nuclear facilities and equipments was totally prohibited per the UN sanctions. The facilities include rebuilding Iraq Radioactive Waste Treatment Station (RWTS) that was destroyed by bombing during operation Desert Storm in 1991. Another project was to rebuild the RadioChemistry laboratories. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the RWTS and the RadioChemistry Laboratories were part of Iraq clandestine nuclear program (http://www.iraqwatch.org/un/IAEA/s-1997-779-att-3.htm, see section 3.4 of the link). Document CMCP-2004-003978 there is a project by the Iraq Atomic Agency to fix Furnaces from the Dicosa brand. Nuclear facilities require very specialized furnaces and this type of furnaces is prohibited according to the UN (http://www.iraqwatch.org/un/IAEA/s-1995-215.htm, see point 57 and 58).
HAMMORABI.blogspot.com: "AL QAEDA PREPARING FOR MAJOR ATTACKS" (COMMENTARY SNIPPET: "However, some of Al-Qaeda sleeping groups away from Iraq are now in their dawn. They are preparing for major attacks in more than one place around the world as a revenge for their leader in Iraq. It is only a matter of time for us to witness another tool of deaths but this time outside Iraq. No one will be immune at all even those who consider themselves protected. Jordan is another target and the American interests everywhere will certainly be targeted. Countries which support the terrorism in Iraq have walked with it unharmed. Saudi Arabia is the major supplier and Syria directly involved. Iran has indirect involvement and some other regional countries are doing so.") -posted by hammorabi (June 27, 2006)
DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Baghdad - "COALITION FORCES KILL TOP TERRORIST IN IRAQ" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "Jordanian terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi died in an air strike north of Baghdad yesterday evening, U.S. officials have confirmed. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, announced Zarqawi's death during a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad today. "Ladies and Gentlemen, coalition forces killed al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and one of his key lieutenants, spiritual advisor Sheik Abd-Al-Rahman, yesterday, June 7, at 6:15 p.m. in an air strike against an identified, isolated safe house," Casey said. Tips and intelligence led forces to Zarqawi and some of his associates who were conducting a meeting approximately eight kilometers north of Baqubah when the air strike was launched, Casey said.") (June 8, 2006)
OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (JPOST.com): "NOT THE FIRST FLIER FROM AL-QAIDA IN GAZA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The flier further said that the Al Quds Islamic Army was affiliated with Al Qaida, and would act under orders from Osama Bin-Laden or Abu Musab Zarqawi, Israel Radio reported.") (May 10, 2006)
OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (JPOST.com): "NOT THE FIRST FLIER FROM AL-QAIDA IN GAZA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The flier further said that the Al Quds Islamic Army was affiliated with Al Qaida, and would act under orders from Osama Bin-Laden or Abu Musab Zarqawi, Israel Radio reported.") (May 10, 2006)
DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "TERRORIST CHEMICAL EXPERT KILLED; FIREFIGHTERS FIND EXPLOSIVES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Ali Wali, whose full name is believed to be Abbas bin Farnas bin Qafqas, was a 37- or 38-year-old Iraqi Kurd who served as a key leader in Ansar al-Islam's military command responsible for training and military operations including the planning of suicide operations, ambushes and kidnappings, officials said.") (May 8, 2006)
DEFENSElink.mil - AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE: Washington - "AL QAEDA LEADER KILLED IN RAID; WEAPONS CACHE FOUND" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Abu Asma, also known as Abu Anas and Akram Mahmud Al Mushhadani, was an explosives expert with close ties to senior Baghdad-based car-bomb manufacturers. Officials said he was directly responsible for many deaths and injuries among coalition and Iraqi security forces.") (February 24, 2006)
IslamicAwakening.com: - "TRANSCRIPT: ZARQAWI'S LAST STATEMENT": "The Foundation Of Jihad In The Land Of The Two Rivers presents the speech of Sheikh, the Mujahid, Abu Mus'ab Al Zarqawi, may Allah protect him, Taste! For You Are The Mighty, The Wise!" ("Shiekh Abu Mesab al-Zarqawi Al-Qaida in the Land of the Two Rivers 15 Shawwal 1426 November 17, 2005") -posted by "terrorthreat" on January 3, 2006
MEMRITV.org - Video Clip No. 853 - 9/14/2005: "Al-Qaeda Leader in Iraq Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi Declares a "Total War" on Shiites and states that the Sunni Women of Tel'afar Had their "Wombs Filled with the Sperm of the Crusaders"" (TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "Following are excerpts from a speech by Al-Qaeda Leader in Iraq Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi. The Speech was published in audio form on the Internet and downloaded from the website of "Al-Qaeda's Jihad Media Battalion - www.k-j-i.tk") (September 14, 2005)SOFIR.org - SOCIETY FOR INTERNET RESEARCH: "ZARQAWI'S STRATEGY IN IRAQ - IS THERE A 'NEW AL-QAEDA?'" by Reuven Paz (August 29, 2005) (html)
The Project for the Research of Islamist Movements (PRISM) Herzliya, Israel www.e-prism.org, Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, THE PROJECT FOR THE RESEARCH OF ISLAMIST MOVEMENTS (PRISM) OCCASIONAL PAPERS Volume 3 (2005), Number 5 (August 2005), Director and Editor: Reuven Paz: "'Zarqawi's Strategy in Iraq' -- Is there a "New Al-Qaeda?"" (August 29, 2005) (pdf)
INTERNET-HAGANAH: "ABOUT THE RELEASE AND RE-ARREST OF AL MAQDISI (July 8, 2005)
MEMRI.org - Inquiry and Analysis Series - No. 231: "'The Sheikh of the Slaughterers': Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi and the Al-Qa'ida Connection" by Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli (July 1, 2005)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com (UPI): "IRAQ ARRESTS AL QAIDA MEMBER" (June 25, 2005)
INTERNET-HAGANAH (AFP via KurdMedia.com): "FIGHTING TO STAY IN NORWAY, KREKAR PRAISES OSAMA BIN LADEN" (June 10, 2005)
INTERNET-HAGANAH: "PFLP/SYRIAN/AL QAIDA IN IRAQ CONNECTION? The mind says 'no' but the gut says 'something here is not quite right.'" (June 4, 2005)
"fayrouz.blogspot.com/2004_09_01_fayrouz_archive.html#109415983198622045" - "IRAN AND AL-ZARQAWI" - "posted by Fayrouz 9/2/2004" (ARTICLE - TRANSLATION - SNIPPET: "A former corps chief said Abu-Mosaab Al-Zarqawi escaped to Turkey last year, after being in Iran and entered Iraq more than a year ago. He confirmed to the newspaper that a meeting was held last June between Al-Zarqawi and a Lebanese fugitive, Emad Mughania, at one of Al-Quds corps centers in Kermanshah providence in western Iran. The source said Mughania played an influential role in forming the Al-Mahdi Army. Al-Mahdi Army belongs to the strict Shia religious cleric, Muqtada Al-Sadr, and trains its members in camps inside Iran. He also mentioned the entrance of Shia fighters from Lebanon to Iraq dressed as religious studies students. These fighters then join Al-Madi Army under the supervision of Emad Mughania. Mughania underwent a cosmetic surgery recently in a sanitarium for the revolutionary guards in northern Iran to change his face. This is the 5th surgery for Mughania, who's been chased by Western and Arabic intelligence organizations for a number of years now. The source said Mughania kept his relationships with Aymen Al-Thawahiri, the number-two man in Al-Qaida organization despite the difficulty of contacting him lately. He added that Mughania submitted a report early this year to chief of the revolutionary guards intelligence after a visit to Iraq. The report outlined the importance of expanding a framework of collaboration between Al-Mahdi Army and Al-Zarqawi's group. Muqtada has lost his standing among the Iraqi shia, especially Al-Najaf, while gaining more supporters in the Sunni triangle.")
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No.896: "REACTIONS AND COUNTER-REACTIONS TO THE SAUDI CLERICS' COMMUNIQUE CALLING FOR JIHAD IN IRAQ" (April 21, 2005)
E-PRISM.org: "ARAB VOLUNTEERS KILLED IN IRAQ: AN ANALYSIS" by Reuven Paz (PRISM Series of Global Jihad, No. 1/3, March 2005) (pdf)
INTERNET-HAGANAH (GLOBAL RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Gloria) CENTER): THE PROJECT FOR THE RESEARCH OF ISLAMIST MOVMEMENTS (PRISM) Occasional Papers - Volume 3 (2005), Numbber 1 (March 2005) Director and Editor: Reuven Paz: "ARAB VOLUNTEERS KILLED IN IRAQ: AN ANALYSIS" by Reuven Paz (html)SITE INSTITUTE.org: "QAJ STATEMENT ON COUTER-TERRORISM CONFERENCE" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A statement ridiculing the counter-terrorism conference currently taking place in Saudi Arabia was posted, February 7, 2005, to a leading al-Qaeda-frequented Jihadist message board by Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, spokesperson of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qaeda in Iraq group ["Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn"]." (February 8, 2005)MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 837: "Osama Bin Laden to the Iraqi People:It Is Forbidden to Participate in Iraqi & PA Elections; Jihad in Palestine and Iraq is Incumbent upon Residents of All Muslim Countries, Not Just Iraqis and Palestinians; Zarqawi is the Commander of Al-Qa'ida in Iraq" (December 30, 2004)
FOX NEWS.com: "CIA CONFIDENT BIN LADEN MADE TAPE" (December 16, 2004)
ABCNews.go.com: "CONSULATE ATTACKERS WANTED U.S. HOSTAGES Bin Laden Gives New Directions, Tells Al Qaeda to Target Oil" (December 16, 2004)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 828: "SHEIKH YOUSUF AL-QARADHAWI: RESISTANCE IN IRAQ IS A DUTY OF EVERY MUSLIM" (December 14, 2004)
EXPATICA.com: "GERMAN REPORT: "ATTACK BIGGER THAN 9/11 PLANNED" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "BERLIN - Iraq-based al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Mussab al- Zarkawi is planning a terror strike of greater magnitude than the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, according to a German newspaper report published on Monday.") (December 13, 2004) (Note: This url may expire.)
AFTENPOSTEN.no/english - News from Norway in English: "KREKAR ACCUSED OF BIN LADEN PRAISE German media claim that controversial Norwegian resident mullah Krekar congratulated Osama bin Laden shortly after the terrorist attack on the USA on Sep. 11, 2001." (December 8, 2004)
WorldNetDaily.com: "BIN LADEN BEDAZZLED SADDAM WITH JEWEL $60 Million Pearl of Allah 'evidence of al-Qaida link'" by Aaron Klein (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Barbish said, "In spite of ongoing investigations, I just couldn't sit back and listen to these lies about our government and President Bush. There was a connection between Saddam Hussein and bin Laden. Bin Laden tried to purchase my pearl as a gift to Saddam, and Saddam wanted to accept it, and I want the truth to get out there."") (October 29, 2004)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com - Editorials Op-Ed: "BIN LADEN'S IRAN ALLIANCE" by Richard Miniter (October 27, 2004)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com - Editorials/Op-Ed: "IGNORING PUTIN'S REVELATION" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Mr. Putin said that Iraq was planning some kind of attack against the United States. Unfortunately, the same major media that have erroneously suggested that the September 11 commission's report debunks any linkage between al Qaeda and Iraq have shown little interest in Mr. Putin's revelation.") (June 23, 2004)
CPA-IRAQ.org - COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY: "INTERCEPTED PLAN REVEALS AL-QUAEDA'S FEAR OF DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Baghdad -- Coalition Provisional Authority and Iraqi Governing Council officials today released the text of an intercepted letter written by Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian terrorist with al-Quaeda affiliations, to al-Quaeda officials. In the document, Zarqawi acknowledges that "time is running out" for the insurgents and terrorists as the transition to Iraqi soverignty draws nearer. The only solution, according to Zarqawi, is to force a civil war between Sunni and Shi'a. Reward for Info Leading to Zarqawi's Arrest Doubled to $10M") (February 12, 2004)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "AL QAEDA ABSENT FROM FINAL CLINTON REPORT" by James G. Lakely (April 6, 2004)
FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE.com: "SADDAM AND 9/11" by Jamie Glazov (Interview with Dr. Laurie Mylroie) (January 8, 2004)
2la.org: "SYRIA A STATE OF TERROR A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq WMD located in three Syrian sites" "06 January, 2004 AFP"
MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE Special Dispatch Series No. 639: "FIRST AUDIO RECORDING BY AL-QA'IDA LEADER IN IRAQ ABU MUS'AB AL-ZARQAWI" (January 7, 2004)
FOX NEWS.com: "SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED, OFFICIALS SAY" (December 14, 2003) (Read More...)
WorldNetDaily.com: "MEMO: 9-11 CHIEF TRAINED BY SADDAM Document says Atta in Baghdad Under Abu Nidal's Tutelage Just Before Attacks" (December 13, 2003) (Read More...)
WorldNetDaily.com: "U.S. EQUIPPED TERROR SPONSORS Clinton exported NSA-ducking phone,high-tech encryption devices to Syria" by Paul Sperry (September 12, 2001)
NEWSMAX.com: "IRAQI GENERAL: BIN LADEN VISITED BAGHDAD" by Carl Limbacher with the NewsMax.com staff (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Speaking in halting English, former Iraqi Gen. Georges Sada described the bin Laden visit to ABC Radio's Sean Hannity. "I can make sure one thing - I know - I have seen by my eyes. It was in '84, '85, Osama bin Laden himself was coming to Iraqi air force headquarters. "Gen. Sada explained: "At that time he was looking for contracts to build air fields in Iraq."") (January 27, 2006)
Ah yes. That was always confirmation to me as well. I'll never forget the day it was plastered on the front page of the NY Post. I guess he just took that picture for posterity. Anyone with any intelligence would read that mural of Sadam has his taking credit for the act. It's mind boggling that representatives at the highest level of government get away with accusing the President of lying about the war. Maybe it's time we start re-hashing more of this type of stuff and figuring out a way to get it out there.
Thank you Jet Jaguar.
A link of interest:
FOXNEWS.COM HOME > WORLD
"Saddam Dossier Archive"
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:20 PM PST
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Of particular interest is the revelation about Mohammed's involvement in the '93 bombing. It shows a linkage not only between the '93 WTC attack and 9/11, but also between Iraq and al-Qaida.
We already know, for instance, that Abdul Rahman Yasin, the Iraqi responsible for carrying out the '93 bombing, found a haven in Iraq for a decade after the attack. Yasin worked closely with another al-Qaida operative, Ramzi Yousef, on the '93 WTC bombing.
For the record, Yousef is Mohammed's nephew. He was described by the National Commission On Terrorism's 9/11 report as 'the mastermind' of the '93 bombing. And according to U.S. intelligence, he got funding from al-Qaida.
Intelligence documents captured in Baghdad in September 2003 show that Yasin and the others received financial aid from the Iraqi government. This raises a big question: Why would Iraq, under international scrutiny for both WMD and sanctions, support a known terrorist with ties to al-Qaida? The only reasonable answer is, it wanted to keep Yasin quiet about Iraq's involvement.
There's ample evidence of Iraq's role in 9/11 too. The lead 9/11 hijacker, Mohammed Atta, met at least twice with Iraqi intelligence in Europe before carrying out the attacks. And Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, an Iraqi intelligence operative, attended a key meeting of the 9/11 hijackers and other al-Qaida terrorists in January 2000.
Upon capture, Shakir was found to be in contact with Zahid Sheikh Mohammed, brother of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Iraqi Musab Yasin, brother of Abdul Rahman Yasin, and Ibrahim Ahmad Suleiman, a '93 WTC conspirator.
It's pretty clear that al-Qaida and Iraq, far from being enemies, were tactical allies against the U.S. As such, removing Hussein wasn't a distraction from our war on terror; it was vital to it."
And yet this is nothing like the revisionist history we get on any MSM newscast or website. I post often in leftist infested sites such as "Newshounds" and I'll say it's long been my experience that while one side of their mouth screams "we were LIED to!" the other side is lying to make their case. They don't want to know the truth, and worse, MSM including (but not as bad) Fox news doesn't want us to know it.
It's not in their best interest economically to print "and they lived happily ever after" (or we won the war, we were right about Saddam, NEXT!) and what sells like a White House scandal? Never mind it was a setup by one Joe Wilson, the first and only person to offer (false) evidence bridging the wide chasm between bad intel and knowledgeable deceit. (if Cheney was building a false case for war by "stovepiping" intel, why did request the CIA, or "normal channels", get to the bottom of it? They forget that detail)
It makes me want to puke knowing this nation has so many people that would willingly participate in efforts to lose wars and bring America to its knees in shame before the world on their own false pretense. Now they've repeated their lies so often the world sees it as fact.
I would like to blame it all on political partisanship, but they seem to enjoy failure and all its associated self flaggelation. As displayed by their "anybody but Bush" platform in 2004, liberal political strategists seem to have learned their tactics not from college or human experience, but from observing the primate exhibits at their local zoo.
By portraying the war as a loss, telling the Iraqis that the soldiers who act as enforcers of White House policy are there based solely on lies, fulfilling their prediction, one can only imagine they think this is good campaign strategy:
Like monkeys in a cage, they smear poop on themselves, on the rest of us, all over everything-denigrating all of us shamefully- just to show they are better at licking it off.
This administration has done a horrible job of PR on every issue. They seem to be afraid to confront the press and the Democrats head on, on any issue. It drives me crazy.
My husband does the same thing when we disagree. He just says, "You're right," and walks away. You know you didn't win, and he doesn't really agree, he just refuses to argue the point. Or, he'll say, I'll think about it, but you know he won't.
In this case though, the Bush administration should know that kind of answer won't end the issue. It will only empower the Democrats, just the way Clinton empowered the terrorists by not facing up to the threat.
On that one I have to agree, particularly with the failure to put a fatwa (symbolically, of course, like Rushdie) on the head of the admittedly clever liberal journalist who came up with the idea that we were supposed to produce "X" ammount of WMD stockpiles for the inspection of critics who would never be happy with less than a large conspicuous warehouse with pallets stacked to the ceiling stenciled in bright color, "Saddam's WMD". Without it, the war is without justification. Yeah.
Why didn't Rummy come out and say "so damn what? Saddam at this point is a convicted murderer on parole, who refused to keep promises he signed to keep in the cease fire. Do we lock up murder weapons and allow murderers to roam free?"
Instead they played into their hands with the "I KNOW they are over here somewhere!".....
In the end it isn't bumbling so much as being naive that
Saddam being an ******* was good enough for Americans to get behind.
Maybe it's the sign of the times that since Vietnam when America goes to war your greatest threat from the scurrilous evils of the enemy's offensive thrusts is from your flanks.
ping it back
al-Qaedas Zawahiri And Saddam Hussein Were Planning Attacks After 9-11
Spell Saddam backwards...it sounds like mad ass. How fitting....
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