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Terrorist Behind September 11 Strike was Trained by Saddam
The Telegraph ^ | December 14, 2003 | Con Coughlin

Posted on 12/13/2003 4:24:43 PM PST by quidnunc

Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist.

Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

The handwritten memo, a copy of which has been obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, is dated July 1, 2001 and provides a short resume of a three-day "work programme" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's base in Baghdad.

In the memo, Habbush reports that Atta "displayed extraordinary effort" and demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be "responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy".

The second part of the memo, which is headed "Niger Shipment", contains a report about an unspecified shipment — believed to be uranium — that it says has been transported to Iraq via Libya and Syria.

Although Iraqi officials refused to disclose how and where they had obtained the document, Dr Ayad Allawi, a member of Iraq's ruling seven-man Presidential Committee, said the document was genuine.

"We are uncovering evidence all the time of Saddam's involvement with al-Qaeda," he said. "But this is the most compelling piece of evidence that we have found so far. It shows that not only did Saddam have contacts with al-Qaeda, he had contact with those responsible for the September 11 attacks."

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(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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To: rllngrk33
The RAT cretins have also been piling all over themselves saying there was no uranium shipped illegally to Iraq. Nope, not from Niger. Logistically impossible. Affirmed by an 'expert' who was sent to sip lemonade in Niger and run up the expense account.
351 posted on 12/14/2003 6:22:16 AM PST by Paul Ross (Reform Islam Now! -- Nuke Mecca!)
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To: quidnunc

THIS GUY WAS NO NBC NEWS THIS MORNING WITH TOM BROKAW!!!!!!!!! I DON'T THINK BROKAW THOUGHT THIS GUY WAS GOING TO BRING THIS UP. THIS IS A HUGE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


352 posted on 12/14/2003 6:29:30 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: JohnHuang2; toddst; Dataman; sola gracia; George Frm Br00klyn Park; JenB; Jerry_M; LibertyBelt; ...

I know that Saddam's capture is important but this story might not even make it on the news landscape if people don't start talking about it. This is just as important as Saddam's capture. Please everyone you know needs to BUMP.


353 posted on 12/14/2003 6:37:22 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: truthandlife
Tom Brokaw had the author on NBC and interviewed him this morning!We are aware!
354 posted on 12/14/2003 6:39:13 AM PST by MEG33
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To: truthandlife
BUMP!
355 posted on 12/14/2003 6:41:13 AM PST by Quilla
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To: quidnunc
Does Drudge have the flu or has he just turned Anti-American? He has been sleeping on this story all night and was the last one to report Saddam's capture.
356 posted on 12/14/2003 6:44:09 AM PST by armymarinemom (My Son Liberated the Honor Roll Students in Iraq)
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To: quidnunc
bttt
357 posted on 12/14/2003 6:44:11 AM PST by tutstar (Jesus is the reason for the season! <((--><)
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To: truthandlife

Yet another Bush LIE !
There is NO link to Saddam and 9-11 !
None whatsoever !!!

358 posted on 12/14/2003 6:48:53 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: truthandlife
Bumped!
359 posted on 12/14/2003 6:49:59 AM PST by Sockdologer
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To: sauropod
Start with this one, okay?
360 posted on 12/14/2003 6:53:50 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: quidnunc
"But this is the most compelling piece of evidence that we have found so far. It shows that not only did Saddam have contacts with al-Qaeda, he had contact with those responsible for the September 11 attacks."

Just when things couldn't get worse over at DU.

361 posted on 12/14/2003 6:56:25 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: MeeknMing
NBC Brokaw Interviews Caughlin Live
362 posted on 12/14/2003 6:57:06 AM PST by Quilla
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To: quidnunc
Thanks for the bump. It's odd that they are playing this except this is the weekend when few pay attention to the news. Will this story get played out in the weeks ahead or die by Sunday night?
363 posted on 12/14/2003 6:57:29 AM PST by HarleyD (Bilbo, "When Sting turns blue it signals a RAT is near.")
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To: HarleyD
"Found hiding in a hole" bump!
364 posted on 12/14/2003 7:01:12 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: quidnunc
If this story turns out to be true, there is reason to try Saddam in a U.S. court (presumably after the Iraqi court gets through with him.)
365 posted on 12/14/2003 7:03:07 AM PST by aristeides
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To: truthandlife
bump
366 posted on 12/14/2003 7:07:32 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I do Poetry.)
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To: truthandlife
Congratulations
President Bush and U.S. Forces!!!

and to you, Saddam & loyalists...

This is your future!
click here

Now Saddam can tell us in his own words about his link to Al Queda terrorists.


367 posted on 12/14/2003 7:07:54 AM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: truthandlife
Yes - this is it. For all the liberals who are still hanging on WMD, this connection should be enough to shut them up. For two or three minutes. :)
368 posted on 12/14/2003 7:07:59 AM PST by July 4th (George W. Bush, Avenger of the Bones)
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To: will1776
You can't believe a single thing a Democrat says.

Bill Clinton set the standard.

369 posted on 12/14/2003 7:29:00 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: quidnunc
Bookmarked
370 posted on 12/14/2003 7:33:36 AM PST by LowOiL (Roy Moore for King ! God Bless America !)
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To: Quilla
Thanks for the link !!

371 posted on 12/14/2003 7:43:42 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: archy; TigersEye
"Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist."

Mohammed Atta is the very same animal who personally took it upon himself to cut off the head of Daniel Pearl.

He is a member of the "Religion of Peace."




372 posted on 12/14/2003 7:54:32 AM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: quidnunc
I was shocked when I happened to see this on the NBC Sunday Morning show, and the Brit they were interviewing mentioned that this had been reported in The Weekly Standard quite a while ago...

I was shocked that it was actually being reported by NBC! And the Telegraph. For this sort of news to come from either place, it MUST be incontrovertable!

Mark
373 posted on 12/14/2003 7:57:34 AM PST by MarkL (Dammit Vermile!!!! I can't take any more of these close games! Chiefs 11-2!!! Woooo Hoooo!!!)
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To: MeeknMing
This will bring the 8 to 5 crowd who don't have enough time to follow current events, into the light.

Our Adult President, the honorable and gracious Mr Bush, whom I call "SIR", will gain respect that will cause a gnashing of Leftist teeth never before seen in history!

374 posted on 12/14/2003 7:58:25 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Libertarians are LOOOOOOSERS!)
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To: quidnunc
I wonder if the Iraqi provisional government released this news to the Telegraph yesterday because they knew Saddam either had already probably been captured or was about to be captured.
375 posted on 12/14/2003 8:05:05 AM PST by aristeides
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To: MEG33
My, My.....

Shoe #1 fell today......
The fact that 600 troops were involved in surrounding this mud farm house in the middle of nowhere, tells me they KNEW he was there for some time......

I smell, the rope tightening on the democrats...
This cowboy from Texas is opening a can of whup ass that will decimate the smarmy bastards in the "Democrat" party..

I suspect that the administration felt a little Christmas present was in order --- directly AFTER the farcical "debates" where America saw all the bitching by the noxious nine nincompoops....


Semper Fi
376 posted on 12/14/2003 8:08:49 AM PST by river rat
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To: quidnunc
BTTT
377 posted on 12/14/2003 8:13:34 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; Black Agnes; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...

ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

378 posted on 12/14/2003 8:26:51 AM PST by nutmeg (Is the DemocRATic party extinct yet?)
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To: quidnunc
This is going to end up being buried.
379 posted on 12/14/2003 8:30:17 AM PST by armymarinemom (My Son Liberated the Honor Roll Students in Iraq)
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To: quidnunc
Bookmark BUMP!
380 posted on 12/14/2003 8:31:23 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: All



- SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED!
UPDATED here -
Iraq's 55 13 Most Wanted Scoreboard
381 posted on 12/14/2003 8:31:25 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: LoudRepublicangirl; Alamo-Girl; Ragtime Cowgirl; Howlin
Lot of "keywords and tricky phrases" all coming up at the same time in this story.....

importing from Niger

Targets we agreed to destroy

M. Atta getting trained in Iraq ...

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Then again. Since Hussein's is captured, why WOULDN'T these stories start coming out?

The perp's have nothing to gain by continuing to stonewall.
382 posted on 12/14/2003 8:44:14 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: quidnunc
BTTT
384 posted on 12/14/2003 8:52:32 AM PST by M0sby (My Marine is HOME!)
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To: truthandlife
bump
385 posted on 12/14/2003 8:57:05 AM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: carlo3b; stanz; christie
The second part of the memo, which is headed "Niger Shipment", contains a report about an unspecified shipment — believed to be uranium — that it says has been transported to Iraq via Libya and Syria.

Gotta read this!!

386 posted on 12/14/2003 8:57:12 AM PST by jellybean (Paging Mr. Wilson....Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson...Your mint tea is ready...:))
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To: nutmeg
Thanks Nutmeg.. We saw this last night and were wondering.. WILL it go mainstream.
387 posted on 12/14/2003 9:05:10 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: truthandlife
Bumpity Bump
388 posted on 12/14/2003 9:10:16 AM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: truthandlife
BTTT!
389 posted on 12/14/2003 9:28:41 AM PST by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint.)
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To: Dan(9698)
That may explain why they killed Abu Nedal.

You mean Abu Nidal didn't coit suicide by shooting himself in the head four times as was claimed?

;o)

390 posted on 12/14/2003 9:34:21 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Diogenesis
That isn't the only painting in Iraq glorifying 911 ... there was another in the Mukhabaret HQ in Basrah, I believe. Somewhere in the south, showing the WTC in flames. I've saved it somewhere on my PC...
391 posted on 12/14/2003 9:37:24 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Ben Hecks; Dan(9698); aristeides
AUGUST 14, 2002 : (ABU NIDAL ARRESTED) And so he set up an office with a guard and an apartment--which is where Iraqi intelligence supposedly arrested him this summer on August 14. But here there are two extremely divergent sides to the story. First the account as provided to reporters by Tahhir Jalil Haboush, chief of Iraqi intelligence:
Officials appeared at the doorstep of Nidal's apartment with orders to bring him to court. As "Jane's World Insurgency and Terrorism" relays, "when the security officers arrive at his home, Abu Nidal said he needed to go to his bedroom to change his clothes. Haboush said a shot was fired, and the officers found that Abu Nidal had shot himself in the mouth. He was then rushed to the hospital where he died eight hours later."
But Palestinian sources in Ramallah told "Jane's" quite a different story, saying that Abu Nidal "had set up plans to target a senior Iraqi official and that his group received $4 million from an Arab country for the operation. It was this . . . that prompted Iraqi intelligence to order the assassination of Abu Nidal and the arrest of his assistants." Palestinian sources also reported that Nidal's body "bore several gunshot wounds," thus casting doubts on the idea of a suicide.
If the Palestinian sources are to be believed, two questions linger: Which Arab state was helping Nidal? Who was the targeted official? - "An "Apparent" Suicide : Terrorist Abu Nidal dies in Iraq after he shoots himself in the head. Four times." by Victorino Matus , The Weekly Standard, 09/10/2002 12:00:00 AM
392 posted on 12/14/2003 9:45:22 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Ben Hecks
"We know that Saddam Hussein has, over the years, been one of the top state sponsors of terrorism for nearly 20 years," Cheney said. "We've had this recent weird incident where the head of the Abu Nidal organization, one of the world's most noted terrorists, was killed in Baghdad. The announcement was made by the head of Iraqi intelligence. The initial announcement said he'd shot himself. When they dug into that, though, he'd shot himself four times in the head. And speculation has been, that, in fact, somehow, the Iraqi government or Saddam Hussein had him eliminated to avoid potential embarrassment by virtue of the fact that he was in Baghdad and operated in Baghdad. So it's a very complex picture to try to sort out." - Vice President Dick Cheney on 'Meet the Press,' September 2002
393 posted on 12/14/2003 9:48:01 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: quidnunc
Thanks for the post.
394 posted on 12/14/2003 9:50:32 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Prodigal Son
Atta entered the US twice on the same day back in 2001, according to customs.
395 posted on 12/14/2003 9:51:25 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Quilla
Bump!
396 posted on 12/14/2003 9:57:42 AM PST by Barnacle (A human shield against the onslaught of Leftist tripe.)
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To: Barnacle
Mark and

BUMP
397 posted on 12/14/2003 10:11:29 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: piasa
Tom Brokaw had this writer Kaufman on Meet the Press today, and he told the NBC audience about the Telegraph article.
398 posted on 12/14/2003 10:15:17 AM PST by aristeides
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To: All
Oops, Coughlin, not Kaufman.
399 posted on 12/14/2003 10:15:53 AM PST by aristeides
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To: LayoutGuru2
Lies? Was Atta trained in Iraq?
400 posted on 12/14/2003 10:17:18 AM PST by JustPiper (Teach the Children to fight Liberalism ! They will be voting in 2008 !!!)
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