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  • Yes, The Iraq War and the 9/11 Attacks ARE Related

    09/11/2009 11:02:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 920+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-11-09 | Scott Malensek
    History-like hindsight-is supposed to be 20:20, but the deliberate partisan, political divide regarding the invasion of Iraq makes that hard. It's not a new phenomenon. Long ago it was said that the true story of a war can't be told until the last of its veterans has passed away, and only a few months ago did the last World War One veteran go to his great reward. For decades after the Civil War (and some would argue even today) the debate raged on, and the healing of Southern Reconstruction didn't really start culturally until the unity of the Spanish-American War...
  • Iraqi intelligence agent denies he met 9/11 leader

    12/13/2003 8:39:33 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Sunday, Dec 14, 2003
    A former Iraqi intelligence officer who was said to have met with the suspected leader of the Sept. 11 attacks has told US interrogators the meeting never happened, according to US officials familiar with classified intelligence reports on the matter. Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, the former intelligence officer, was taken into custody by the US in July. Under questioning he has said that he did not meet with Mohamed Atta in Prague in the Czech Republic, according to the officials, who have reviewed classified debriefing reports based on the interrogations. US officials caution that Ani may have been lying...
  • Report: Saddam Hussein’s Son Plotted London Assassination Attack

    03/23/2008 1:04:50 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies · 474+ views
    Times of London ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2008 | FOX News
    Saddam Hussein's son Uday planned to carry out an attack in London to assassinate the leader of an Iraqi opposition group in April 2000, it is being reported. According to the U.K.'s Times of London newspaper, a new Pentagon study based on documents seized during the Iraq war reveal an aborted plot by Uday Hussein's elite paramilitary group — the Fedayeen — to kill London-based Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. Documents show that Fedayeen's orders were to carry out assassinations and bombings in London, the Times reported. While the study showed no link between Saddam Hussein's regime...
  • US Government - Bin Laden and Iraq Agreed to Cooperate on Weapons Development

    09/19/2003 3:03:29 PM PDT · by tallhappy · 159 replies · 19,370+ views
    New York Times, Facts on File World News Digest | Novemeber 1998 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    Breaking News from 1998. The US released an indictment on November 4, 1998 stating bin Laden and al Qaeda were working with the Saddam and the Iraqi regime to develop weapons of mass destruction. What is all the pussyfooting about? From New York Times and Facts on File -- articles from November 1998. Copyright 1998 The New York Times Company  The New York Times  View Related Topics  November 5, 1998, Thursday, Late Edition - Final SECTION: Section A; Page 1; Column 2; Foreign Desk  LENGTH: 1093 words HEADLINE: SAUDI IS INDICTED IN BOMB ATTACKS ON U.S. EMBASSIES BYLINE:  By BENJAMIN WEISER  BODY:A Federal...
  • Newsweek's "Case"-Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball get the Osama-Saddam memo wrong.

    11/20/2003 11:19:56 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 14 replies · 502+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov. 20, 2003 | Stephen F. Hayes
    A NEWSWEEK article by investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball about the memo linking Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dismisses a recent WEEKLY STANDARD report as "hype" and concludes, the "tangled tale of the memo suggests that the case of whether there has been Iraqi-al Qaeda complicity is far from closed." While it's refreshing to see the establishment media pick up the story, the Newsweek article is less than authoritative. The authors write: "The Pentagon memo pointedly omits any reference to the interrogations of a host of other high-level al Qaeda and Iraqi detainees--including such notables as Khalid...
  • IS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq: US

    01/30/2015 6:58:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | Jan 31, 2015 07:56 IST
    A US-led coalition air strike killed a chemical weapons specialist with the Islamic State group in Iraq who once worked for Saddam Hussein, US military officers said on Friday. The air raid carried out last Saturday near Mosul took out Abu Malik, whose training "provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability," the military said in a statement. Malik had worked at a chemical weapons production plant under Saddam's regime and later forged an affiliation with al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, before joining the extremist IS group, according to Central Command. "His death is expected...
  • BUSH LIED; pt1/5 "Those NO TIES Lies"

    09/25/2006 5:35:32 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 23 replies · 2,311+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | 9/25/06 | Scott Malensek
    How many times have we heard members of the media say, “We know now that there were no ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda”? Typically, people make this claim based on any combination of four sources: President Bush’s 9/17/03 statement, Sec. Powell’s 1/8/04 statement, the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report of 7/22/04 or the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s (SSCI) report on Pre-war Iraq intelligence reports: 7/7/04. Yet, in each of these cases, the very quotations that opponents of the war in Iraq point towards as definitive claims of “no ties” are only half quotes. When they refer to President Bush’s...
  • There Are No Jihadis in Iraq; pt4/5 "Those NO TIES Lies"

    09/28/2006 6:37:31 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 4 replies · 1,043+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | 9/25/06 | Scott Malensek
    As soldiers and Marines by the hundreds of thousands return home from Iraq they are telling their stories. They are telling family and friends of what they saw and of who they fought. They are writing books that tell of their experiences. is full of them. They have fought and lived through a dramatic and on-going historical event. To them it is real-not politics and so they tell the truth. They describe an invasion and an occupation where Islamic extremists and Iraqi thugs are the enemy. They tell tales of a fight against terrorists; people who rammed cars filled...
  • Is Saddam a Liar?; pt3/5 "Those NO TIES Lies"

    09/28/2006 6:41:51 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 9 replies · 1,149+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | 090911 | Scott Malensek
    Many of the quasi-conclusions are based largely on claims of innocence from Saddam Hussein, “a top official in Saddam’s government, Abid Hamid Mahmoud al-Kattab al-Tikriti,” Tariq Aziz and Faruq Hijazi. These are 4/7 of the primary players in any involvement or potential involvement between Saddam’s regime and al Qaeda. The other 3 primary players are Mohammed al-Douri (He is Saddam’s VP/muscle man/Thug-In-Charge who remains at large. He is also suspected of being the primary source for most of a large portion of the insurgency and most reports place him as directing operations from inside Syria). The last 2 primary players...
  • Cyanide Salt Block Found in Iraq

    02/03/2004 7:30:50 PM PST · by grimalkin · 134 replies · 1,693+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, February 03, 2004 | Fox News
    <p>WASHINGTON — A 7-pound block of cyanide salt (search) was discovered by U.S. troops in Baghdad at the end of January, officials confirmed to Fox News.</p> <p>The potentially lethal compound was located in what was believed to be the safe house of Abu Musab Zarqawi (search), a poisons specialist described by some U.S. intelligence officials as having been a key link between deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the Al Qaeda (search) terror network.</p>
  • Former Iraqi general said to be coordinating attacks

    10/29/2003 6:25:49 PM PST · by TexKat · 11 replies · 95+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former Iraqi general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, is reported to be coordinating attacks in Iraq by foreign fighters and Iraqi regime loyalists, a US defense official said. "There are reports that the al-Douri is coordinating the attacks," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The reports in military channels fingering al-Douri as the coordinator of the attacks probably came from the recent capture in Mosul of a former secretary of al-Douri and two senior members of Ansar al-Islam who were close to the general, the official said. Number six on the US list of 55...

    11/26/2005 1:14:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 688+ views
    LONDON [MENL] -- Aides of deposed President Saddam Hussein, under the guise of Al Qaida fighters, have been leading the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Islamic sources said many of the Al Qaida-aligned cells that have appeared over the last two years stemmed from units in the Saddam military. The sources said Baathist operatives have adopted Islamic identities to exploit support among Muslims for Al Qaida. The Baathist strategy was formed during Saddam's rule, the sources said. They pointed to the "Return to Faith Campaign" directed by then-Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri, which sought to curry...
  • Dictator H. chavez's personal Arab Hezbollah minister

    10/07/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Milagros · 11 replies
    Venezuela’s Tarek El-Aissami The Americas Report | Oct 03, 2008  By Nicole Ferrand [...] Mr. El - Aissami is a Venezuelan national of Syrian descent who, before becoming Minster of Interior and Justice, occupied the position of Deputy Interior Minister for Public Security. His father, Carlos Aissami, is the head of the Venezuelan branch of the Iraqi Baath political party. Before the invasion of Iraq, he held a press conference in which he described himself as a Taliban and called Osama Bin Laden, "the great Mujahedeen, Sheik Osama bin Laden." Tarek's great-uncle Shibli el-Aissami was a prominent ideologist and...
  • October Might Be Most Violent Month in Iraq Since 2006 (No Surprise)

    10/29/2013 10:06:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 29, 2013 | Nightwatch
    Japan-China: Four Chinese military aircraft --two H-6 bombers and two Y-8 surveillance aircraft -- flew southeast from the East China Sea to the Pacific Ocean over waters between the Okinawa main island and Miyako on Friday afternoon, according to officials at Japan's Joint Staff Office. The Japanese Air Self Defense Force scrambled fighters. Later, the Chinese aircraft returned on the same route. Japanese officials said it is the third time that Chinese military planes have been spotted flying over waters between the Okinawa main island and Miyako Island. Last Wednesday, five Chinese navy ships passed between the two islands and...
  • Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Iraq's bomb attacks

    08/30/2013 4:50:46 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 08/30/2013 | Xinhua
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's al-Qaida front on Friday claimed responsibility in an online statement for series of massive bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and other areas that killed and wounded hundreds of people. A series of bombings and shootings, mainly in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, recently left hundreds of people killed and wounded, including over 150 people in the last 10 days, in the latest escalation of months-long violence in the country. The statement said that the attacks targeted government headquarters, security and military centers and Shiite strongholds along with the "traitors of the Sunnis"...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...
  • Al-Qaeda Leader in Iraq Arrested

    12/02/2012 2:38:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12
    Uncomfirmed reports in Iraqi media said, Sunday, that security forces have arrested Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the top leader of the Al-Qaeda international terror network in Iraq. Abu-Bakr was named head of a number of terror organizations following the killing of Abu-Omar Al-Baghdadi in a United States air strike in 2010. .....
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • Al Qaeda Operative Possibly Nabbed in Iraq

    01/23/2004 4:11:03 PM PST · by woofie · 36 replies · 3,041+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, January 23, 2004 | Bret Baier and Ian McCaleb
    <p>WASHINGTON — U.S. forces in Iraq believe they may be facing an Al Qaeda cell in Fallujah after a man with suspected ties to the terror network was captured last week, sources told Fox News Friday.</p> <p>The man said to have been arrested was Husam al-Yemeni, said to be part of the leadership structure of Ansar al-Islam (search), the Al Qaeda-associated terrorist group based in Iraqi Kurdistan. Some U.S. officials described al-Yemeni as the first Al Qaeda operative captured in Iraq.</p>
  • Al Qaeda and its role in the Iraq insurgency

    07/13/2007 3:12:30 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 6 replies · 616+ views
    The attempts to minimize the role played by al Qaeda in Iraq in the larger Sunni insurgency took a significant step over the past week. Clark Hoyt, the public editor of the New York Times, claimed that the media had become complicit in the government's attempts to paint the entire Sunni insurgency with an al Qaeda brush. Also this week, Malcolm Nance published an article at the Small Wars Journal claiming al Qaeda is being given too much credit for the violence in Iraq. In the article, titled "Al Qaeda in Iraq--Heroes, Boogeymen or Puppets?," Nance claims al Qaeda is...
  • WikiLeaks: The Iraq-Al Qaeda Connection Confirmed, Again

    04/26/2011 12:43:39 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 04/26/11 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A former Guantanamo detainee “was identified as an Iraqi intelligence officer who relocated to Afghanistan (AF) in 1998 where he served as a senior Taliban Intelligence Directorate officer in Mazar-E-Sharif,” according to a recently leaked assessment written by American intelligence analysts. The former detainee, an Iraqi named Jawad Jabber Sadkhan, “admittedly forged official documents and reportedly provided liaison between the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq.” Sadkhan’s al Qaeda ties reached all the way to Osama bin Laden, according to the intelligence assessment. He reportedly received money from Osama bin Laden both before and after the September 11 attacks. Identification by...
  • Authorities Conclude Switzerland Likely Used as Base for Financing, Logistical Support

    06/25/2004 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 267+ views ^ | June 25, 2004 | Daniela Sigrist
    Authorities Conclude Switzerland Likely Used as Base for Financing, Logistical Support for 9/11 Attacks by Al-Qaida By Daniela Sigrist Associated Press Writer Published: Jun 24, 2004 BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Investigators have concluded that Switzerland was likely used as a base for financing and logistical support for the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaida, the country's attorney general said Thursday. Federal Prosecutor Valentin Roschacher said authorities plan to begin court proceedings in the coming weeks in three terror cases, capping investigations started four days after the 2001 suicide hijackings in New York and Washington. A special task force initially was charged...
  • U.S. military says al Qaeda in Iraq mastermind dead (CNN admits terrorist were in Iraq before war)

    10/04/2008 6:40:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies · 1,085+ views
    cnn ^ | 10/4/2008 | cnn
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Coalition forces in Baghdad have killed the man believed to be the mastermind of recent bombings in the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said. Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Rami and Abu Assad, was believed to be the leader of one of al Qaeda in Iraq's Baghdad networks, the military said in a statement issued Friday. The military said intelligence reports led coalition forces to a building in Baghdad's Adhamiya neighborhood Friday. They surrounded the building and called on the occupants to surrender but were engaged by small arms fire, the military...
  • Tony Blair Testimony To Iraq War Inquiry – The Influence Of Iran

    01/21/2011 4:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-21-11 | Curt
    Former British PM Tony Blair testified in front of another Iraq inquiry today and for the second time this year he testified about the very real danger of Iran and al-Qaeda working together. Of course the storyline by the British papers, the biased MSM, and the lefty blogosphere, is regarding the regret offered by Blair over the loss of life: At the end of his evidence this afternoon he said it had never been his meaning. "Of course I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life," I'm sure everyone else would cheer the loss of life huh? I...
  • APNewsBreak: Notorious bomb maker from '80s to be put on FBI's terrorist list

    06/20/2009 11:34:57 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 26 replies · 948+ views
    Associated Press ^ | june 20, 2009 | ap
    NEW YORK — An FBI official says a notorious terrorist suspected of aiding the insurgency in Iraq will be added to the agency's list of its most wanted terrorists. The official said Monday that an FBI committee recommended this month that 73-year-old Palestinian Abu Ibrahim be placed on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision wasn't official. An investigation by The Associated Press had revealed the terrorist was still alive and had fled to Syria. Ibrahim has been indicted in the 1982 bombing of Pam Am Flight 830. The explosion killed a 16-year-old boy and...
  • Whipping al-Qaeda into line in Iraq

    06/12/2006 5:50:14 AM PDT · by Coop · 11 replies · 428+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 6/12/06 | Sami Moubayed
    ...possible successors to the [Zarqawi]. One of them, Iraq-based Egyptian terrorist Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was also named by Major-General William Caldwell... The other two are an Iraqi named Abu Aseel and a Syrian named Abu al-Ghadia. Masri (reportedly... born in 1966) is believed to have entered Iraq to join Zarqawi in 2002 and founded a cell for al-Qaeda in Baghdad. ...Masri received his training at military camps in Afghanistan during the Taliban rule and met bin Laden at the Farouk Camp, where Masri was working as an instructor... is also reportedly close to Egyptian Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri... Abu Aseel and...
  • Saddam, al Qaeda question and the CIA

    08/14/2009 11:44:30 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 41 replies · 1,581+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8-14-09 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Assertions relating to the Saddam Hussein/al-Qaeda controversy have filled countless news articles and books and cannot be completely recapped and answered in a few articles. But despite all of the ink and bandwidth spent on the topic, there are additional questions yet to be fully explored in the eyes of many. When one attempts to dig on questions, such as what meetings actually took place between Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaeda members — where they took place and when, and what was discussed — the CIA emerges as one of, if not the major, intelligence players involved in public discussion...
  • New details on Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda comes from detainees own mouths...

    07/09/2009 2:50:38 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 40 replies · 1,929+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 7-9-09 | Mark E
    (Moderator note: comments for are now activated at the end of each post)During a series of email and telephone exchanges Matthew Degn relayed to his vast array of experiences working with intelligence issues relating to the current and former situation in Iraq. Among his responsibilities during his years in Iraq Degn worked as a civilian interrogator attached to the U.S. Army in Iraq before working as a Senior Policy/Intelligence Adviser to Deputy General Kamal and other top intelligence officials with the Iraq's Ministry of Interior. Degn, currently working on a book about his experiences in Iraq (personal website...
  • Forces Capture Suspected Senior Terrorist, Others in Iraq

    07/02/2009 1:06:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 386+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 – Iraqi forces, aided by coalition advisors, detained an alleged senior leader of a terrorist group along with other suspected terrorists June 29 and 30 in operations in Iraq, military officials reported. In June 30 operations: -- The Emergency Response Brigade and coalition advisors arrested a suspected senior leader in Taji, north of Baghdad. The leader is believed to be responsible for organizing sophisticated operations against coalition forces in the area. -- In Baghdad, the Emergency Response Brigade, along with coalition advisors, arrested an alleged terrorist during an Iraqi-led operation. The man is believed to be...
  • Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Terrorist Suspects in Iraq

    06/29/2009 4:53:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – Coalition and Iraq forces detained nearly two dozen suspected militants during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said. During June 27 operations: -- Combined forces arrested seven suspected terrorists with warrants during an operation in the Ninewa province. They are suspected of operating in a terrorist cell, which conducts attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces in the area. -- Coalition and Iraqi troops arrested five suspected terrorists with warrants during an intelligence-driven raid in Baghdad. The suspects are allegedly responsible for conducting improvised explosive device attacks, kidnapping Iraqi citizens and murder. -- In a...
  • Bush told Blair of 'going beyond Iraq'

    10/14/2005 7:19:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 1,090+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 10/15.05 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    George Bush told Tony Blair shortly before the invasion of Iraq that he intended to target other countries, including Saudi Arabia, which, he implied, planned to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Mr Bush said he "wanted to go beyond Iraq in dealing with WMD proliferation, mentioning in particular Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan," according to a note of a telephone conversation between the two men on January 30 2003. The note is quoted in the US edition, published next week, of Lawless World, America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules, by the British international lawyer Philippe...
  • Cheney: No 'evidence' of Iraq, 9/11 link

    06/02/2009 6:30:23 PM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 1,749+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 2, 2009 | Andy Barr
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there was “never any evidence” that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq played any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. “On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” Cheney said during an interview Monday night with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “There was some reporting early on, for example, that Mohammed Atta had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official,” Cheney said. “But that was never borne out.” In a 2003 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney...
  • Overlooked and new testimony supports idea of al Qaeda presence in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

    05/25/2009 10:02:19 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 58 replies · 2,479+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 5-25-09 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Over the past many months a number of interviews, documents, admissions and other revelations have come to light that continue to undermine the notion that al Qaeda and al Qaeda linked groups were not able to operate inside Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein. These findings match up with some of the older and overlooked reports on the hotly contested that may now deserve re-examination. A study by The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point of al Qaeda documents deemed the "Sinjar Records" indicates that al Qaeda was, in fact, able to operate inside the country during the rule...
  • Cashill: Do paired dates prove Iraq-al-Qaida connection? (FReeper alert)

    08/21/2008 7:22:30 AM PDT · by cgk · 65 replies · 540+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 8-21-08 | Jack Cashill
    Do paired dates prove Iraq-al-Qaida connection? Posted: August 21, 20081:00 am Eastern © 2008  In late April 2003, after the fall of Baghdad, CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer replayed an earlier conversation he had had with the Iraqi foreign minister, the wily Tariq Aziz.One overlooked part of this conversation caught the very sharp eye of aspiring filmmaker Chris Kusnell.When Blitzer asked Aziz about the fate of missing U.S. Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher, Aziz answered that Speicher was killed in a crash on night one of the Gulf War. As proof, Aziz volunteered that Speicher was not among the POWs released...
  • Osama's Best Friend: The further connections between al Qaeda and Saddam

    10/25/2003 10:00:38 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 4,934+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/03/03 | Stephen F. Hayes
    IN A LITTLE-NOTICED DECISION in a New York courtroom on September 25, 2003, a man described as Osama bin Laden's "best friend" got some good news. U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts ruled that Mahmdouh Mahmud Salim could not be sentenced to life in prison. Salim--who was present at the founding of al Qaeda in 1989 and who was for years one of bin Laden's most trusted confidants--had been captured in Germany in 1998 and extradited to the United States for prosecution related to his role in the grand conspiracy that resulted in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in...
  • Kurdish Paper: Cooperation Between Saddam Regime, Al-Qaeda (2002 letter from the Iraqi presidency )

    06/22/2008 2:08:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 214+ views
    MEMRI Blog ^ | June 20, 2008 | MEMRI Blog
    The Kurdish daily Kurdistani Nwe has published a 2002 letter from the Iraqi presidency that it says proves that there was cooperation between the regime of Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. The letter, which appeared on the paper's front page, was published by the intelligence apparatus of the Iraqi presidency and discussed an intention to meet with Ayman Al-Zawahiri in order to examine a plan drawn up by the Iraqi presidency to carry out a "revenge operation" in Saudi Arabia.

    09/23/2001 11:20:26 PM PDT · by goody2shooz · 1 replies · 1,316+ views
    The Courier Mail - Brisbane, Australia ^ | 9/24/01 | Chris Griffith
    As intelligence services try to prove who was behind the New York and Washington attacks, the evidence is mounting that a secret pact was forged between Osama bin Laden, Iraq and Sudan to wage a terrorist war against the US. The pact, forged in 1998, led to Iraqi experts helping to build a chemical weapons factory especially for bin Laden's terrorists in Sudan and bin Laden and Saddam Hussein's Iraq co-operating to build several others. In a paper for the US Congress's Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, its chairman Yossef Bodansky said the chemical weapons factory, in Soba, ...
  • Chilling Confirmation - Yes, Saddam Hussein was an Islamofascist threat.

    03/24/2008 8:32:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 2,142+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 24, 2008 | Deroy Murdock
    March 24, 2008, 5:00 a.m. Chilling ConfirmationYes, Saddam Hussein was an Islamofascist threat. By Deroy Murdock As Operation Iraqi Freedom is now five years old, a new study confirms that ousting Saddam Hussein was justified and vital to U.S. national security. Though war critics hate to admit it, the Baathist dictator was up to his mustache in aid for Islamofascist terrorism. As a report from the Institute for Defense Analyses explains, “captured Iraqi documents uncovered strong evidence that links the regime of Saddam Hussein to regional and global terrorism.” IDA’s review of some 600,000 documents discovered in Iraq since...
  • Saddam's Dangerous Friends

    03/15/2008 6:18:02 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 61 replies · 1,289+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3-24-2008 | Stephen Hayes
    This ought to be big news. Throughout the early and mid-1990s, Saddam Hussein actively supported an influential terrorist group headed by the man who is now al Qaeda's second-in-command, according to an exhaustive study issued last week by the Pentagon. "Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda's stated goals and objectives." According to the Pentagon study, Egyptian Islamic Jihad was one of many jihadist groups that Iraq's former dictator funded, trained, equipped, and armed.
  • Forces Capture 6 in Central, Northern Iraq Operations

    02/10/2008 3:05:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 124+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2008 – Coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists today during operations targeting al Qaeda networks operating in central and northern Iraq. In Tarmiyah, forces captured an alleged associate of a senior leader for the al Qaeda in Iraq network in Baghdad’s northern belt. The network is responsible for bombings in the area as well as extortion, intimidation, weapons trafficking and facilitating foreign terrorists, officials said. Two suspects were detained at an alleged terrorist safe haven east of Samarra. Further north, forces detained three suspects during an operation southeast of Tal Afar targeting an al Qaeda in Iraq...
  • September 2007 updates: Hussein and terrorism

    09/08/2007 1:43:39 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 18 replies · 701+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | September 8, 2007 | Mark E.
    Over the past few months a number of stories related to the former Iraqi regime's links to terrorism have developed. Recently, former top aide of Saddam Hussein, Izzat al Douri, was said to have renounced his alliance with al Qaeda. What isn't being asked is how can Al Douri, who once told TIME of cooperating with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, be "breaking" from al Qaeda if Baathists would not be willing to work with al Qaeda to begin with? In a related story, former Iraqi PM (and former Baath party member) Iyad Allawi's connections to information about members of the former...
  • Hundreds of members of Saddam Hussein’s regime found working with al Qaeda in Iraq

    07/23/2007 8:42:20 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 66 replies · 3,869+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | July 23, 2007 | Mark
    These captures and kills demonstrate the ideological divide between “secular” Baathists and Islamic extremists was not so distantMany analysts of the insurgency in Iraq are currently debating its makeup and strength, among other things. Regardless of what percentage is currently claiming allegiance to what ideology or group, the past few years of reporting have slowly revealed that at least one deadly aspect of the insurgency in Iraq has been the cooperation of some members of Saddam Hussein's regime (though not all) and Islamic militants, particularly al Qaeda in Iraq. Below is a list, compiled from a number of media reports...
  • al Qaeda video documents Hussein era training in Northern Iraq

    07/19/2007 5:24:30 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 82 replies · 2,187+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 7-17-07 | Joseph Shahda
    by Joseph Shahda Saddam In April of 2007 the media wing for al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State in Iraq, Al Furqan, released a video documentary about their Kurdistan Units in Northern Iraq. The video training and also conducting an attack on a Kurdish militia vehicle. The video documentary (click images to view) is titled "Al Awda Ila Al Jibal" or "The Return To The Mountains." According to the jihadist websites (World News Network) and forums who posted copies of the video the footage was shot somewhere between 2002 and early 2003, when al Qaeda was moving fighters...
  • Former DIA analyst challenges George Tenet's account on Iraq/al Qaeda intelligence

    07/02/2007 1:29:42 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 27 replies · 1,890+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 7-2-04 | Mark
    In a recent Washington Post Op-Ed former DIA analyst Christina Shelton discussed her intelligence work analyzing links between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq and countered some of the conventional wisdom on the subject while taking issue with the way her background and work were depicted in former CIA director George Tenet's recent book "At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA."Responding to Tenet's charge that she claimed the debate over Iraq - al Qaeda links was "open-and-shut" and in no need of further analysis Shelton wrote: I said the covert nature of the relationship between Iraq...
  • Naming names: The Saddam-al-Qaida connection

    06/06/2007 6:14:12 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 78 replies · 2,813+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 6, 2007 | WND
    WASHINGTON – It has been denied, downplayed, overlooked, forgotten, disregarded and omitted from the public record. But a thorough review of open-source material demonstrates conclusive and widespread cooperation between former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime and terrorists from the Iraqi al-Qaida network. Dozens of former Saddam Hussein loyalists captured by U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq were found to be working with al-Qaida or linked to their operations.
  • An Al-Tikriti (Saddam Hussein's clan) speaking for al Qaeda cell in Europe?

    05/17/2007 1:04:10 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 27 replies · 1,475+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 5-17-07 | Regime of Terror
    Abu Hafs Al-Tikriti threatens France on behalf of Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades (النسخه العربية) Within days of the French election results being announced a self-described al Qaeda cell in Europe, Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades, warned France of a “bloody jihad attack” in response to their electoral decision. The threat, posted on Islamist websites and translated by MEMRI, was signed by "Abu Hafs Al-Tikriti, The Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades, European Division."The Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades, who al Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri has claimed responsibility for, has a history of threats and claimed attacks in multiple European countries, including claiming responsibility for...
  • "More Than Enough Evidence" What George Tenet really says about Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda.

    05/01/2007 8:09:06 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 60 replies · 2,874+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5-1-07 | Thomas Joscelyn
    GEORGE TENET'S JUST released book, At the Center of the Storm, has created quite a stir. Over the past few days, a myriad of news accounts have referenced various snippets of the former director of Central Intelligence's self-serving collection of remembrances. But here is something you probably have not heard or read about Tenet's book: it confirms that there was a relationship between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda. And, according to Tenet, "there was more than enough evidence to give us real concern" about it too. Tenet devotes an entire chapter to the question of Iraq's ties to al Qaeda...
  • 7/7 ‘mastermind’ is seized in Iraq

    04/27/2007 4:30:10 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 101 replies · 5,075+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 04/28/07 | ean O’Neill, Tim Reid and Michael Evans
    The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the “high-value detainee programme” at Guantanamo Bay. Abd al-Hadi was taken into CIA custody last year, it emerged from US intelligence sources yesterday, in a move which suggests that he was interrogated for months in a “ghost prison” before being transferred...
  • Afghanistan says Al-Qaeda arrest a major success ~ Al-Qaeda commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi ....

    04/27/2007 11:20:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 637+ views ^ | Published: 4/27/2007 | staff
    KABUL - The arrest of Al-Qaeda commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi, who worked with Afghanistan's Taliban, is a major success and will be a blow to terror networks, the Afghan defence ministry said Friday. "Al-Iraqi was very important for the terrorists' networks. His arrest is a major success," ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi told AFP. "It will help to get to the high-ranking terrorist network figures and it will have deeply negative effect on the network," he said. A Pentagon spokesman said the militant, on a US "most wanted" list, had been taken into US custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...
  • Secular Baathist/Islamic extremist divide overcome repeatedly in Iraq

    04/08/2007 12:59:05 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 15 replies · 2,023+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 4-8-07 | Mark Eichenlaub
    For a regime long said to be sharply opposed to radical Islamic groups the secular Baath Party that formerly ruled Iraq has seen a conspicuously large number of its members caught in close collaboration with al Qaeda and other Islamic groups in post-invasion Iraq. A recent arrest in Mosul identified a former Saddam Fedayeen leader as an insurgent leader responsible for al Qaeda/foreign fighter camps in Syria. On March 23, the Tactical Report, an online Middle East intelligence service, reported that a former Saddam Hussein officer was appointed as an al Qaeda leader to set up attacks on Iraqi oil...