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9/11, Iraq: Cheney again claims tie - VP attacks Dems for first time since Libby conviction
Hearst Newspapers via SFGate ^ | 3/13/7 | Stewart M. Powell

Posted on 03/13/2007 12:57:13 PM PDT by SmithL

Washington -- Vice President Dick Cheney, lashing out at Democrats for the first time since the felony conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his former top deputy, resumed his controversial claims Monday that the war in Iraq is the central front in the worldwide U.S. response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Cheney linked Iraq and al Qaeda even though post-invasion reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities found no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda before the U.S.-led invasion on March 19, 2003.

In remarks to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Cheney contended that U.S. Marines face al Qaeda operatives in Anbar province, that the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown has unmasked al Qaeda car bomb operations in Baghdad and that Osama bin Laden has promised to make Baghdad the capital of a radical Islamic empire reaching from Indonesia to Spain.

"As we get farther away from 9/11, I believe there is a temptation to forget the urgency of the task that came to us that day, and the comprehensive approach that's required to protect this country against an enemy that moves and acts on multiple fronts," Cheney told the annual conference of the pro-Israel group, which interrupted his speech at least 27 times with applause.

"Iraq's relevance to the war on terror simply could not be more plain," Cheney said. He said al Qaeda terrorists have made Iraq the central front in the U.S. war against terrorism.

The U.S. invasion, occupation and counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq over the past four years has claimed the lives of at least 3,193 U.S. soldiers,

...Cheney has long contended that the U.S. invasion of Iraq four years ago this month was justified in part because of suspected ties between Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cheney; mediabias

1 posted on 03/13/2007 12:57:19 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Cheney contended that U.S. Marines face al Qaeda operatives in Anbar province, that the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown has unmasked al Qaeda car bomb operations in Baghdad and that Osama bin Laden has promised to make Baghdad the capital of a radical Islamic empire reaching from Indonesia to Spain.

And what part(s) of this 3-part statement do liberals find to be untrue?
2 posted on 03/13/2007 1:01:46 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: SmithL
What a bogus article! In no way did Cheney attempt to link al-Qaeda with Saddam for the 9/11 attacks. The only people trying to link something are liberals in distorting what Cheney says about al-Qaeda.
3 posted on 03/13/2007 1:03:46 PM PDT by avacado
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To: silverleaf

Yes, but al Qaeda wasn't there before we went into Iraq.

/sar


4 posted on 03/13/2007 1:05:27 PM PDT by petercooper ("Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime." - Nicole Gelinas - 02-10-04)
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To: petercooper

So, if al Qaeda HAD been in Iraq before 9-11, it would justify us being there now.


But al Qaeda IS there now, and liberals insist we withdraw?

Have I got the liblogic down on this one?

/sar


5 posted on 03/13/2007 1:09:07 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: SmithL
suspected ties between Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

Ties mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report also, I might add.
6 posted on 03/13/2007 1:10:13 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: SmithL; All
In remarks to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Cheney contended that U.S. Marines face al Qaeda operatives in Anbar province... "As we get farther away from 9/11, I believe there is a temptation to forget the urgency of the task that came to us that day, and the comprehensive approach that's required to protect this country against an enemy that moves and acts on multiple fronts," Cheney told the annual conference of the pro-Israel group, which interrupted his speech at least 27 times with applause.

THIS IS THE SAME GROUP THAT BOOED PELOSI! BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

7 posted on 03/13/2007 1:12:51 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: SmithL
"Cheney linked Iraq and al Qaeda even though post-invasion reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities found no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda before the U.S.-led invasion on March 19, 2003."

Tsk, tsk, tsk Mr. Powell, this is an absolute lie. You know what happens to liars, don't you? Keep repeating the mantra and it becomes true.

Sad thing is that 50% of the voting population gets it's 'truth' from such sources.

8 posted on 03/13/2007 1:13:17 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: avacado
In no way did Cheney attempt to link al-Qaeda with Saddam for the 9/11 attacks.

Though I will. Saddam bore a pan-islamist mindset. Pan-islamism is the ENEMY. Pan-islamists should be killed in masse.

Mow may muslims are islamist?

9 posted on 03/13/2007 1:14:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: silverleaf

Yes. War against al Qaeda in Afganistan good. War against al Qaeda in Iraq bad.

It's amazing that libs are so stupid they cannot see that terrorists/al Qaeda are flocking to Iraq to fight the U.S. military there. Is that bad?


10 posted on 03/13/2007 1:14:29 PM PDT by petercooper ("Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime." - Nicole Gelinas - 02-10-04)
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To: avacado

There were numerous connections between al Queda and Iraq going back at least 10 years. al Queda fled Afganistan for Iraq after our attack.

But the most significant reason we attacked was to prevent Saddam being able to develop WMDs. He had an entire nuclear weapons research program run in Libya which we did not even know about until Libya turned it over after the invasion.

For some strang reason this Treason Media COMPLETELY covered this up and refuses to investigate it or even discuss it. It never happened if we don't speak of it is their motto.

Even Dick (Dumbass) Clarke claimed Iraq and al Queda were cooperating in the chemical weapons program in the Sudan as did SecDef Cohen.


11 posted on 03/13/2007 1:15:39 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Defeat Hillary's V'assed Left Wing Conspiracy)
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To: P-40

Iraq-Al Qaida connections are well-documented in Stephen Hayes' or Richard Miniter's books. It's obvious that Saddam and Bin laden were linked, both wanted to destroy America.
Iraq is also strongly suspected to be behind 9/11 as supportive regime. Terrorists in Salman Pack were trained to hijack planes and paid by Saddam. The Atta-Iraqi ambassador meeting in Tcheckya has been attacked by the 9/11 commission, but they had no definitive answer. It's clear now that the 9/11 commission spent more time clearing Clinton's disastrous record on the War on terrorism than looking for Saddam-Bin Laden links.

Zarkawi's group on northen Iraq was also linked with Saddam, who gave money to them. Al Qaida's operative in Afghanistan moved in Iraq in 2002.


12 posted on 03/13/2007 1:17:07 PM PDT by drzz (http://leblogdrzz.over-blog.com)
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To: avacado

Just incredible isn’t? However we should not be surprised by the lies of the media anymore, they cannot but lie and lie all the time. Iraq is the absolute center front of the war on terror. It is in Iraq where terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and terrorist regimes like Syria and Iran decided to fight us, either directly or indirectly using their Iraqi agents and it is in Iraq where we are annihilating these terrorists by them tens of thousands. Once they are defeated in Iraq, and they will be defeated, it is over for the terrorists worldwide, and both the Iranian and Syrian terrorist regimes will not last longer after their defeat in Iraq.


13 posted on 03/13/2007 1:18:01 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: SmithL

This has got to take the prize for the worst article in quite some time.

Lashing out after the Libby conviction? As IF Cheney's speech on the WOT has anything to do with Libby. Then the obvious garbage word-twisting.

Unggggh!!!


14 posted on 03/13/2007 1:20:17 PM PDT by KJC1 (Right when you think you're really good is when you need to pay the most attention)
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To: justshutupandtakeit; drzz
Saddam Regime Document: Iraqi Intelligence met with Bin Laden in 1995 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1600579/posts
15 posted on 03/13/2007 1:21:22 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: avacado

I watched the speech on C-SPAN. Cheney linked Iraq to the WOT and AQ using direct quotes from bin Laden and his minions, AQ believes that Iraq is the central front in its war against us. That's a fact. He also qutoed AQ on what an American defeat in Iraq would mean to achieving their objectives, including Baghdad becoming the capital of their caliphate.


16 posted on 03/13/2007 1:22:50 PM PDT by kabar
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To: onedoug

I too can link al-Qaeda with Iraq pre-9/11. All one has to do is read Osama's infamous 1998 fatwa calling for the killing of innocent Americans where Osama spends 20% of the fatwa talking about Iraq.

OSAMA'S 1998 FATWA:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/terrorism/international/fatwa_1998.html


17 posted on 03/13/2007 1:24:43 PM PDT by avacado
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To: drzz

The Al Shifa plant connection and the remarks on it by Richard Clarke are certainly interesting. The 9/11 Commission Report relegates it to a footnote though.


18 posted on 03/13/2007 1:26:28 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: petercooper

Libs are also too stupid obtuse and/or afflicted with BDS to understand that Iraq was the most natural refuge to which al Qaeda would flee, or source of logistsinc support, once war started in Afghanistan and we gained at least some coopertion from Pakistan's Musharaff in standing firm against al Qaeda taking over Pakistan.

As if, had the US only sent military forces to Afghanistan, al Qaeda would be standing ground and fighting us there. NOT.

They'd have fled like rats to camps in Iraq or camps in Yemen supported by Saddam Hussein's Iraqi intelligence. (No, they would not have gone into Iran enmasse because Iran might not have let them operate freely against the West - Iran is more selective in its terror operations)

Imagine the war against terror if we were NOT engaging al Qaeda in Iraq.

The administration has failed to nail down this strategic multiple front consideration over and over and over again until at least the most stupid conservative fully understood it.


19 posted on 03/13/2007 1:27:13 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: kabar

That's what I saw too.

Cheney was quoting AQ sources


20 posted on 03/13/2007 1:30:50 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: jveritas
Just incredible isn’t?

Incredible but expected. They have to dupe their easily duped flock of sheep.

21 posted on 03/13/2007 1:31:29 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado

Bookmarking


22 posted on 03/13/2007 1:32:38 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: kabar

Quite amazing that Cheney can actually quote al-Qaeda and Osama and be called a liar. The people are not reporters, they are sheep handlers.


23 posted on 03/13/2007 1:33:06 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado
I've got a HUGE link list on this one:

In in 1998, an Arab intelligence officer, who knows Saddam personally, predicted in Newsweek: "Very soon you will be witnessing large-scale terrorist activity run by the Iraqis." The Arab official said these terror operations would be run under "false flags" --spook-speak for front groups--including bin Laden's organization.

Then there were the predictions by an Iraqi with ties to Iraqi intelligence, Naeem Abd Mulhalhal, in Qusay's own newspaper several weeks before the attacks that stated bin Laden would “demolish the Pentagon after he destroys the White House and ”bin Laden would strike America “on the arm that is already hurting.” (referencing a second IRAQI sponsored attack on the World Trade Center). Another reference to New York was “[bin Laden] will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra everytime he hears his songs.” (e.g., “New York, New York”) which identified New York, New York as a target. Mulhalhal also stated, “The wings of a dove and the bullet are all but one and the same in the heart of a believer." which references an airplane attack.

The Arabic language daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabic also cited the cooperation between Iraq, bin Laden and Al December 1998 editorial, which predicted that “President Saddam Hussein, whose country was subjected to a four day air strike, will look for support in taking revenge on the United States and Britain by cooperating with Saudi oppositionist Osama Bin-Laden, whom the United States considers to be the most wanted person in the world.” This info is in the link provided below. How could these people have had foreknowledge without Iraq being involved?

Source for this info

Warning...slow loading .pdf file. This was from a lawsuit filed against Iraq after 9/11...the court ruled against Iraq.

There was also another lawsuit filed by the family of John O’Neill (a former FBI agent who captured Ramzi Yousef after the 1993 WTC bombings) after he died in the WTC on 9/11. His personal files from his years of traveling around the world investigating al-Qaeda are were used as evidence in the lawsuit. The evidence includes documents unearthed in the headquarters of the Mukhabarat (Iraq's intelligence service) and information gleaned from the interrogation of both al-Qaeda and Iraqi prisoners. (Link below). It also quotes Vincent Cannistraro, the former CIA counter-terrorism chief, who stated in October 2000 that Iraq had been wanting to carry out terrorist attacks, and that the Iraqi military had been in contact with Osama bin Laden.

Click Here

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.

Abu Nidal, September 11 and Saddam The terrorist network may be closer knit than we think.

Weekly Standard: The Mother of All Connections

List of newspaper article in the 90's which mention the world's concern regarding the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam:

Click here

Son of Saddam coordinates OBL activities:

Click here

The AQ connection (excellent):

Click here

Western Nightmare:

Click here

Saddam's link to OBL:

Click here

NYT: Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate:

Click here

Document linking them:

Click here

Iraq and terrorism - no doubt about it:

Click here

A federal judge rules there are links:

Click here

Wall Street Journal on Iraq and AQ:

Click here

Iraq and Iran contact OBL:

Click here

More evidence:

Click here

Saddam's AQ connection:

Click here

Further connections:

Click here

What a court of law said about the connections:

Click here

Some miscellaneous stuff on connections:

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Saddam's Ambassador to Al Qaeda: (February 2004, Weekly Standard)

Click here

Yes - it's NewsMax but loaded with interesting bullet points.

Click here

Saddam's Fingerprints on NY Bombing (Wall Street Journal, June 1993)

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Colin Powell: Iraq and AQ Partners for Years (CNN, February 2003)

Click here

The Iraq-Al Qaeda Connections (September 2003, Richard Miniter)

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Oil for Food Scandal Ties Iraq and Al Qaeda (June 2003)

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Saddam and OBL Make a Pact (The New Yorker, February 2003):

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Al Qaeda's Poison Gas (Wall Street Journal, April 2004):

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Wolfowitz Says Saddam behind 9/11 Attacks:

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Saddam behind first WTC attack - PBS, Laurie Mylroie:

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Growing Evidence of Saddam and Al Qaeda Link, The Weekly Standard, July 2003:

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Qusay Hussein Coordinated Iraq special operations with Bin Laden Terrorist Activities, Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club

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The Western Nightmare: Saddam and Bin Laden vs. the Rest of the World, The Guardian Unlimited:

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Saddam Link to Bin Laden, Julian Borger, The Guardian, February 1999

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The Al Qaeda Connection, The Weekly Standard, July 2003

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Cheney lectures Russert on Iraq/911 Link, September 2003:

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No Question About It, National Review, September 2003

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Iraq: A Federal Judges Point of View

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Mohammed's Account links Iraq to 9/11 and OKC:

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Free Republic Thread that mentions some books Freepers might be interested in on this topic:

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The Proof that Saddam Worked with AQ, The Telegraph, April 2003:

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Saddam's AQ Connection, The Weekly Standard, September 2003

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September 11 Victims Sue Iraq:

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Osama's Best Friend: The Further Connections Between Al Qaeda and Saddam, The Weekly Standard, November 2003

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Terrorist Behind 9/11 Attacks Trained by Saddam, The Telegraph, December 2003

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James Woolsey Links Iraq and AQ, CNN Interview, March 2004, Also see Posts #34 and #35

Click here

A Geocities Interesting Web Site with maps and connections:

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Bin Laden indicted in federal court, read down to find information that Bin Laden agreed to not attack Iraq and to work cooperatively with Iraq:

Click here

Case Closed, The Weekly Standard, November 03

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CBS - Lawsuit: Iraq involved in 9/11:

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Exploring Iraq's Involvement in pre-9/11 Acts, The Indianapolis Star:

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The Iraq/AQ Connection: Richard Minister again

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Militia Defector says Baghdad trained Al Qaeda fighters in chemical weapons, July 2002

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The Clinton View of Iraq/AQ Ties, The Weekly Standard, December 2003

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Saddam Controlled the Camps (Iraq/AQ Ties): The London Observer, November 01

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Saddam's Terror Ties that Critics Ignore, National Review, October 2003:

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Tape Shows General Wesley Clark linking Iraq and AQ:

Click here

The Missing Link (What the Senate Ingelligence Report Said about Iraq/AQ Connections)

Click Here

Credit to Peach for the above info.

Credit to joesbucks for the following links:

Dozens of links here:

Click here

Just a few of those links include:

The Clinton Justice Department's indictment against OBL in federal court which mentions the terrorist's connections to Iraq. November 4, 1998. The federal indictment:

Click here

Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate. The federal indictment against OBL working in concert with Iraq and Iran is mentioned. November 1998. The New York Times

Click here

Saddam reaching out to OBL January 1, 1999. Newsweek

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ABC news reports on the Osama/Saddam connections January 14, 1999. ABC News

Click here

Western Nightmare: Saddam and OBL versus the World. Iraq recruited OBL. February 6, 1999. The Guardian

Click here

Saddam's Link to OBL February 6, 1999. The Guardian

Click here

Saddam offered asylum to bin Laden February 13, 1999. AP

Click here

And kabar submitted these two little gems showing Bin Laden supported Iraq and its struggle against the US and the West.

1996 Fatwa: "Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places."

1998 Text of Fatwah Urging Jihad Against Americans

24 posted on 03/13/2007 1:42:47 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: avacado

Bump!


25 posted on 03/13/2007 1:51:43 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: ravingnutter

Thanks! The fact that Saddam's son's newspaper predicted the exact attacks 6 weeks before the attacks tells me all I need to know.


26 posted on 03/13/2007 2:00:54 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado; SmithL
Mamdouh Mahmud Salim: “An Iraqi, Salim was born in 1958 and established links between al-Qaida and groups in Iraq and Lebanon.” “It is believed that Salim cofounded al-Qaida.” “Salim is not accused of a direct role in the embassy bombings, but he is charged with terror conspiracy charges that could bring a life sentence.” “He is also accused of managing Wadi Aqiq, bin Laden's umbrella company that procured communications equipment and conventional weapons for the organization.” Some...as in other Al Qaeda members know him as “Abu Hajer al Iraqi”. “Sure, he told them, he worked for Osama bin Laden—but only as a salaried employee managing bin Laden’s Sudanese agricultural business.” “Moreover, in the mid-nineties, the Iraq-born Salim supposedly put his knowledge and his nationality to use as Al Qaeda’s liaison to Iraqi intelligence.” google: “Indictment of Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, January 6, 1999”.
27 posted on 03/13/2007 2:46:47 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: SmithL

Nice anti-Israel AP photo where the photographer was trying to capture Cheney with the emanest face possible.


28 posted on 03/13/2007 2:49:35 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: SmithL

"The U.S. invasion, occupation and counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq over the past four years has claimed the lives of at least 3,193 U.S. soldiers,"

AP has to make sure they get that obligatory statistic in this article as in every article on Iraq. Sometimes I think they slip it into non-Iraq related articles as well.


29 posted on 03/13/2007 3:43:31 PM PDT by Hayzo
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