Saddam's connections to bin
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911 MURAL FOUND IN IRAQ ON APRIL 9, 2003
BY THE U.S. 3RD INFANTRY
“. . . prosecuting the informational battle
in the War on Terrorism is not like prosecuting a Mafia don, which
typically requires rock-solid exhibits such as wiretap intercepts,
hidden-camera footage, DNA samples, and the testimony of deep-cover “Mob
rats.” On the contrary, it is important to emphasize, as strongly as
possible, that the United States need not—and in fact should not—hold
itself to courtroom standards of evidence except when appearing before
domestic or international judges. The administration merely has to
demonstrate its claims and refute those of its opponents, not convict
Saddam Hussein before a jury of his peers. . . . The appropriate standard
of evidence . . . is not that of a trial, but rather that of a hearing on
whether a criminal suspect should be indicted. In this respect, the
“prosecution” definitely has a prima facie case that Hussein’s Iraq indeed
was a haven for terrorists until the moment U.S. troops invaded.” – Deroy
the weekly Standard
Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection
And other revelations
from the Iraqi regime files.
by Stephen F. Hayes
03/27/2006, Volume 011, Issue 26
SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME
PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist
group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in
the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An
eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in
Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update
on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was
providing the group with money to purchase weapons. ...
These documents add to
the growing body of evidence confirming the Iraqi regime's longtime
support for terrorism abroad.
Newly released document
links Saddam to al-Qaida
Indicates regime was
cooperating with bin Laden group to strike U.S.
March 17, 2006
Among the pre-war documents
posted online yesterday by the Pentagon
is a letter from a member of Saddam's intelligence apparatus indicating
al-Qaida and the Taliban had a relationship with the regime prior to the
letter by the member of Saddam's Al
Mukabarat to a superior, dated Sept. 15, 2001, reports a pre-9/11
conversation between an Iraqi intelligence source and a Taliban Afghani
The letter indicated Osama bin Laden and the
Taliban in Afghanistan were in contact with Iraq – noting a specific visit
to Baghdad – and said the U.S. had proof Saddam's regime and al-Qaida were
cooperating to hit a target in the U.S.
The document said the U.S. was aware of such
a relationship and could strike Iraq and Afghanistan if the attacks proved
to be tied to bin Laden and the Taliban.
The translated text is as follows:.
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by Stephen F. Hayes
011, Issue 17
THE FORMER IRAQI
REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists
from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately
preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs
recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. ...
The photographs and
documents on Iraqi training camps come from a collection of some 2
million "exploitable items" captured in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan.
They include handwritten notes, typed documents, audiotapes, videotapes,
compact discs, floppy discs, and computer hard drives. Taken together,
this collection could give U.S. intelligence officials and policymakers
an inside look at the activities of the former Iraqi regime in the
months and years before the Iraq war.
No hype needed:
Saddam, al-Qaida linked
by Victor Davis Hanson
November 25, 2005
Almost every responsible U.S. government body had long warned about
Saddam's links to al-Qaida terrorists. In 1998, for example, when the
Clinton Justice Department indicted bin Laden, the writ read: "In
addition, al-Qaida reached an understanding with the Government of Iraq
that al-Qaida would not work against that government and that on
particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al-Qaida
would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq."
in October 2002, George Tenet, the Clinton-appointed CIA director, warned
the Senate in similar terms: "We have solid reporting of senior-level
contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida going back a decade." Seventy-seven
senators apparently agreed — including a majority of Democrats — and cited
just that connection a few days later as a cause to go to war against
Saddam: " ... Whereas members of al-Qaida, an organization bearing
responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and
interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are
known to be in Iraq."
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The Mother of All Connections
July 18, 2005 issue: A special report on the new evidence of collaboration
between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda.
by Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
07/18/2005, Volume 010, Issue 41
could hardly be a clearer case--of the ongoing revelations and the ongoing
denial--than in the 13 points below, reproduced verbatim from a "Summary
of Evidence" prepared by the U.S. government in November 2004. This
unclassified document was released by the Pentagon in late March 2005. It
details the case for designating an Iraqi member of al Qaeda, currently
detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an "enemy combatant."
1987 to 1989, the detainee served as an infantryman in the Iraqi Army and
received training on the mortar and rocket propelled grenades.
2. A Taliban recruiter in Baghdad convinced the detainee to travel to
Afghanistan to join the Taliban in 1994.
3. The detainee admitted he was a member of the Taliban.
4. The detainee pledged allegiance to the supreme leader of the Taliban to
help them take over all of Afghanistan.
5. The Taliban issued the detainee a Kalishnikov rifle in November 2000.
6. The detainee worked in a Taliban ammo and arms storage arsenal in
Mazar-Es-Sharif organizing weapons and ammunition.
7. The detainee willingly associated with al Qaida members.
8. The detainee was a member of al Qaida.
9. An assistant to Usama Bin Ladin paid the detainee on three separate
occasions between 1995 and 1997.
10. The detainee stayed at the al Farouq camp in Darwanta, Afghanistan,
where he received 1,000 Rupees to continue his travels.
11. From 1997 to 1998, the detainee acted as a trusted agent for Usama Bin
Ladin, executing three separate reconnaissance missions for the al Qaeda
leader in Oman, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
12. In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of
Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United
States and British embassies with chemical mortars.
Detainee was arrested by Pakistani authorities in Khudzar, Pakistan, in
article is old but only recently translated into English, possibly as a
result of the 911 Commission/Mission Able Danger revelations. Neither the
Able Danger information nor the connection mentioned in this article made
it into the 911 Commission's Final Report.
Spies Reportedly Arrested in Germany
(Paris) reports that two Iraqis were arrested in Germany, charged with
spying for Baghdad. The arrests came in the wake of reports that Iraq was
reorganizing the external branches of its intelligence service and that it
had drawn up a plan to strike at US interests around the world through a
network of alliances with extremist fundamentalist parties.
The most serious report contained information that Iraq and Osama bin
Ladin were working together. German authorities were surprised by the
arrest of the two Iraqi agents and the discovery of Iraqi intelligence
activities in several German cities. German authorities, acting on CIA
recommendations, had been focused on monitoring the activities of Islamic
groups linked to bin Ladin. They discovered the two Iraqi agents by chance
and uncovered what they considered to be serious indications of
cooperation between Iraq and bin Ladin. The matter was considered so
important that a special team of CIA and FBI agents was sent to Germany to
interrogate the two Iraqi spies.
May 23, 2005
PM Reveals Secret Service Data On Birth Of Al-Qaeda In Iraq
May (AKI) - The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri,
visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the
ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has
revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. In an interview, Allawi made public
information discovered by the Iraqi secret service in the archives of
the Saddam Hussein regime, which sheds light on the relationship between
Saddam Hussein and the Islamic terrorist network. He also said that both
al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in
the same period. …
In Allawi's view,
Saddam's government "sponsored" the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq,
coordinating with other terrorist groups, both Arab and Muslim. "The
Iraqi secret services had links to these groups through a person called
Faruq Hajizi, later named Iraq's ambassador to Turkey and arrested after
the fall of Saddam's regime as he tried to re-enter Iraq. Iraqi secret
agents helped terrorists enter the country and directed them to the
Ansar al-Islam camps in the Halbija area," he said. …
October 12, 2004
… Mr. Phares is one
of at least four eminent Middle East experts to agree that the
documents—published for the first time last week—demonstrate that Saddam
Hussein collaborated with and supported Islamic terrorist groups,
including the current terror nemesis in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The papers, obtained
by Cybercast News Service (CNS) and released Oct. 4, "establish
irreversible evidence that there were strategic relations between the
Baathist regime and Islamist groups that became al-Qaeda," Mr. Phares
said after reviewing them at WORLD's request on Oct. 6. In addition, the
documents link al-Zarqawi-associated groups throughout the Middle East,
including al-Qaeda, on Saddam's payroll and acting under his direct
9/11 Commission Final Report
Responses to Al Qaeda's Initial Assualt
In February 1999,Allen
proposed flying a U-2 mission over Afghanistan to build a baseline of
intelligence outside the areas where the tribals had coverage. Clarke
was nervous about such a mission because he continued to fear that Bin
Ladin might leave for someplace less accessible. He wrote Deputy
National Security Advisor Donald Kerrick that one reliable source
reported Bin Ladin’s having met with Iraqi officials, who “may have
offered him asylum.” Other intelligence sources said that some Taliban
leaders, though not Mullah Omar, had urged Bin Ladin to go to Iraq. If
Bin Ladin actually moved to Iraq, wrote Clarke, his network would be at
Saddam Hussein’s service, and it would be “virtually impossible” to find
him. Better to get Bin Ladin in Afghanistan, Clarke declared.134 Berger
suggested sending one U-2 flight, but Clarke opposed even this. It would
require Pakistani approval, he wrote; and “Pak[istan’s] intel[ligence
service] is in bed with” Bin Ladin and would warn him that the United
States was getting ready for a bombing campaign: “Armed with that
knowledge, old wily Usama will likely boogie to Baghdad.”135 Though told
also by Bruce Riedel of the NSC staff that Saddam Hussein wanted Bin
Ladin in Baghdad, Berger conditionally authorized a single U-2 flight.
Allen meanwhile had found other ways of getting the information he
wanted. So the U-2 flight never occurred.136 - pg. 134
Says Russia Warned U.S. on Iraqi Attacks
Created: 18.06.2004 15:44
MSK (GMT +3)
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday
that Russia had several times in the past warned the United States that
Saddam Hussein planned “terrorist attacks” on U.S. territory, Russian
news agencies reported.
“After the events of September 11, 2001, and before the start of the
military operation in Iraq, Russian special services several times
received such information and passed it on to their American
colleagues,” Interfax quoted Putin as saying.
Overwhelming evidence of
Osama-Saddam links 9-11 commission missed
between al-Qaida, Iraq before attack
Posted: June 18,
By Joseph Farah
Terror Ties That Bind Us to War
Osama and Saddam — two peas in a terror pod?
June 02, 2004, 8:47 a.m.
If the Iraq-al Qaeda
connection is a neocon myth, those neocons are even more resourceful than
the conspiracy theorists suggest and they sure have got a lot of unlikely
people making their arguments. Evan Bayh, Democrat from Indiana, has
described the Iraq-al Qaeda connection as a relationship of "mutual
exploitation." Joe Lieberman said, "There are extensive contacts between
Saddam Hussein's government and al Qaeda." George Tenet, too, has spoken
of those contacts and goes further, claiming Iraqi "training" of al Qaeda
terrorists on WMDs and provision of "safe haven" for al Qaeda in Baghdad.
Richard Clarke once said the U.S. government was "sure" Iraq had provided
a chemical-weapons precursor to an al Qaeda-linked pharmaceutical plant in
Sudan. Even Hillary Clinton cited the Iraq-al Qaeda connection as one
reason she voted for the Iraq War.
Qaeda links were a worthy rationale for toppling his regime.
June 01, 2004, 8:21 a.m.
by Andrew C. McCarthy
will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every
nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with
us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that
continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United
States as a hostile regime." — President George W. Bush, September 20,
by Stephen F. Hayes
06/07/2004, Volume 009, Issue 37
In late February 2004, Christopher Carney made an astonishing discovery.
Carney, a political science professor from Pennsylvania on leave to work
at the Pentagon, was poring over a list of officers in
Saddam Hussein's much-feared security force, the Fedayeen Saddam. One
name stood out: Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Hikmat Shakir. The name was not
spelled exactly as Carney had seen it before, but
such discrepancies are common. Having studied the relationship between
Iraq and al Qaeda for 18 months, he immediately recognized the potential
significance of his find. According to a report last week
in the Wall Street Journal, Shakir appears on three different
lists of Fedayeen officers.
An Iraqi of that name, Carney knew, had been present at an al Qaeda
summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on January 5-8, 2000. U.S.
intelligence officials believe this was a chief planning meeting for the
September 11 attacks. Shakir had been nominally employed as a "greeter"
by Malaysian Airlines, a job he told associates he had gotten through a
contact at the Iraqi embassy. More curious, Shakir's Iraqi embassy
contact controlled his schedule, telling him when to show up for work
and when to take a day off.
Saddam's Files Show 'Direct' 9/11 Link
May 27, 2004
Newly uncovered files
examined by U.S. military investigators in Baghdad show what is being
described as "a direct link" between Saddam Hussein's elite Fedayeen
military unit and the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001.
Ahmed Hikmat Shakir,
who attended a January 2000 al-Qaida summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
where the 9/11 attacks were planned, is listed among the officers on
three Fedayeen rosters reviewed by U.S. probers, the Wall Street Journal
reported on Thursday …
Though the Journal
doesn't mention it, Saddam's Fedayeen has been identified in previous
reports as the group that conducted 9/11-style hijack training drills on
a parked Boeing 707 airliner at the south Baghdad terrorist camp Salman
Also in attendance were 9/11 hijackers Khalid al
Midhar and Nawaz al Hamzi, who were piloting American Airlines Flight 77
when it crashed into the Pentagon.
Ramzi bin al Shibh, the operational planner of the
9/11 attacks, and Tawfiz al Atash, a high-ranking Osama bin Laden
lieutenant and mastermind of the USS Cole bombing, were also at the
meeting, the Journal said.
When Shakir was arrested in Qatar on Sept. 17,
2001, he was carrying phone numbers of the 1993 World Trade Center
bombers' safe houses and contacts, as well as information relating to
Operation Bojinka, a plot devised by trade center bomber Ramzi Yousef
that became the blueprint for the 9/11 attacks.
The Saddam-9/11 Link
FrontPageMagazine.com | May 11, 2004
As Epstein now
reports, Czech authorities have discovered that al-Ani’s appointment
calendar shows a scheduled meeting on April 8, 2001
with a "Hamburg
That is exactly what the Czechs had been saying since
shortly after 9/11: Atta, a long-time student at Germany’s Hamburg-Harburg
Technical University, met with al-Ani on April 8, 2001. Indeed, when
Atta earlier applied for a visa to visit the Czech Republic, he
identified himself as a “Hamburg student.” The discovery of the notation
in al-Ani’s appointment calendar about a meeting with a “Hamburg
student” provides critical corroboration of the Czech claim. America’s
leading lights, including those in government responsible for dealing
with terrorism and with Iraq, made a mammoth blunder. They failed to
recognize that starting with the first assault on New York’s World Trade
Center, Iraq was working with Islamic militants to attack the United
States. This failure left the country vulnerable on September 11, 2001.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 10:10 p.m. EST
[Richard] Clarke: Iraq Teamed Up With bin Laden to Produce WMDs
. . . reporters aren't talking about the
chapter of "Against All Enemies" that describes how Osama bin Laden
cooperated with Iraqi scientists to make weapons of mass destruction - a
development that, if true, would more than justify President Bush's
decision to go to war in Iraq.
In his book, [Richard] Clarke describes
how the Clinton CIA determined in 1996 that Sudan's Shifa chemical
plant, which was allegedly bankrolled by bin Laden, was producing the
chemical EMPTA. "EMPTA is a compound that had been used as a prime
ingredient in Iraqi nerve gas," writes Clarke. "It has no other known
use, nor had any other nation employed EMPTA to our knowledge for any
Monday, March 15, 2004
7:24 AM EST
Report: Saddam Harbored
Terrorists Who Killed Americans
supplied financial support, training and shelter for an array of deadly
terrorist organizations right up until the onset of the Iraq war a year
ago, including such notorious groups as Hamas, Ansar al-Islam, the
Palestinian Liberation Front, the Abu Nidal Organization and the Arab
Liberation Front, according to a comprehensive report released by the
Philanthropy of Terror," the report details the role played by terrorists
supported by Saddam's regime in an array of infamous attacks that have
killed hundreds of American citizens both inside and outside the U.S.
before and after the Sept. 11 attacks - including the 1985 hijacking of
the Achille Lauro, the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the 1993 World
Trade Center bombing and the Palestinian Intifada . . .
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Saddam's Ambassador to
From the March
1, 2004 issue: An Iraqi prisoner details Saddam's links to Osama bin
Laden's terror network.
by Jonathan Schanzer
03/01/2004, Volume 009, Issue 24
A RECENTLY INTERCEPTED
MESSAGE from Iraq-based terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi asking the al Qaeda
leadership for reinforcements reignited the debate over al Qaeda ties with
Saddam Hussein's fallen Baath regime. . . . In addition to weapons, al-Shamari
said, the Mukhabarat also helped finance Ansar al Islam. "On one occasion
we gave them ten million Swiss dinars [$700,000]," al-Shamari said,
referring to the pre-1990 Iraqi currency. On other occasions, the
Mukhabarat provided more than that. The assistance, he added, was
furnished "every month or two months." . . . “Abu Wael was "the actual
decision-maker" for Ansar al Islam and "an employee of the Mukhabarat." .
. . The prisoner told me that he had worked for Abu Wael, who was the
leader of a special intelligence directorate in the Mukhabarat. That
directorate provided assistance to Ansar al Islam at the behest of Saddam
Hussein. . . . Al-Shamari also told me that the links between Saddam's
regime and the al Qaeda network went beyond Ansar al Islam. He explained
in considerable detail that Saddam actually ordered Abu Wael to organize
foreign fighters from outside Iraq to join Ansar. Al-Shamari estimated
that some 150 foreign fighters were imported from al Qaeda clusters in
Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon to fight with Ansar al
Islam's Kurdish fighters. . . . a man known simply as Qods. In June 2003,
just before he was arrested and put in the jail where I met him, Qods said
that . . . It was only then, . . . that he learned of the link between the
Baathists and al Qaeda. . . .
Jonathan Schanzer is a
terrorism analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and
author of the forthcoming book "Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliates
and the Next Generation of Terror."
Monday, Jan. 26, 2004
11:16 a.m. EST
Case for Iraq War
Stronger Than Ever
A memo from
Iraqi intelligence uncovered by
London Sunday Telegraph last month stating that lead 9/11 hijacker
Mohamed Atta had completed his training regimen in Baghdad under the
tutelage of notorious Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal. The memo was dated
just two months before the World Trade Center attacks.
In one passage, the Iraqi
intelligence chief reportedly informs Saddam that Atta had demonstrated
his capability as leader of the team "responsible for attacking the
targets that we have agreed to destroy."
Street Journal report linking Flight 93 hijacker Ziad Jarrah to Abu
Nidal, who had reportedly helped train his 9/11 partner Mohamed Atta.
U.S. satellite photos
confirming the existence of a Boeing 707 fuselage that Khodada and his
partner say was used as a hijacking classroom. U.N. weapons inspector
Charles Duelfer, who was tapped on Friday to succeed David Kay,
corroborated their account.
7, 2003, decision by Manhattan U.S. District Judge Harold Baer, . . .
The account of former CIA Director Woolsey, whose testimony was summarized
by Judge Baer thusly:
described the existence of a highly secure military facility in Iraq where
non-Iraqi fundamentalists [e.g., Egyptians and Saudis] are trained in
airplane hijacking and other forms of terrorism. Through satellite imagery
and the testimony of three Iraqi defectors, plaintiffs demonstrated the
existence of this facility, called Salman Pak, which has an airplane but
Prove Connection Between Iraq and Al-Qaeda Terrorists
March 14, 2003
About 20 minutes before show time, we
posted satellite imagery of Salman Pak - home of the terrorist training
center in Iraq we've been telling you about. I want to thank Gary Napier
and his whole staff from
Space Imaging, Inc. for these images
from their IKONOS satellite.
this link Saddam to 9/11?
However, the tantalising detail provided
in the intelligence document uncovered by Iraq's interim government
suggests that Atta's involvement with Iraqi intelligence may well have
been far deeper than as hitherto been acknowledged.
Written in the neat, precise hand of Tahir
Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence
Service (IIS) and one of the few named in the US government's pack of
cards of most-wanted Iraqis not to have been apprehended, the personal
memo to Saddam is signed by Habbush in distinctive green ink.
Headed simply "Intelligence Items", and
dated July 1, 2001, it is addressed: "To the President of the Ba'ath
Revolution Party and President of the Republic, may God protect you."
The first paragraph
states that "Mohammed Atta, an Egyptian national, came with Abu Ammer
(an Arabic nom-de-guerre - his real identity is unknown) and we hosted
him in Abu Nidal's house at al-Dora under our direct supervision.
"We arranged a work
programme for him for three days with a team dedicated to working with
him . . . He displayed extraordinary effort and showed a firm commitment
to lead the team which will be responsible for attacking the targets
that we have agreed to destroy."
There is nothing in
the document that provides any clue to the identity of the "targets",
although Iraqi officials say it is a coded reference to the September 11
The evidence of an Iraq/al-Qaida connetion hasn’t
Edward Jay Epstein
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003
Atta's business appeared to be extremely time sensitive and specific to
May 30. When Atta learned in Hamburg that his Czech visa would not be
ready until May 31, he nevertheless flew on May 30 to the Prague
International Airport, where he would not be allowed to go beyond the
transit lounge. Although a large part of this area is surveiled by
cameras, he managed to spend all but a few minutes out of their range.
After some six hours, he then caught a flight back to Hamburg. >From this
visaless round trip, Czech intelligence inferred that Atta had a meeting
on May 30 that could not wait, even a day and that whoever arranged it was
probably familiar with the transit lounge's surveillance. Finally, the BIS
determined that the Prague connection was not limited to a single
appointment since Atta returned to Prague by bus on June 2 (now with visa
BONN200005260024), and, after a brief wait in the bus station, disappeared
for nearly 20 hours before catching a flight to the United States.
What is the status of the meeting in Prague between September 11th
hijacker Mohamed Atta and Iraqi embassy intelligence officer, Ahmad Khalil
Ibrahim Samir Al-Ani?
basic information has not changed: Czech counter intelligence determined
that an Iraqi official under its surveillance met Atta in April 2001. The
interpretation of it, however, has undergone a number of vacillations.
Here is the chronology:
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The Saddam-Osama Memo
A close examination of the Defense
Department's latest statement.
by Stephen F. Hayes
11/19/2003 12:00:00 AM
THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT late Saturday, November 15, issued a
that began: "News reports
that the Defense Department recently confirmed new information with
respect to contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq in a letter to the Senate
Intelligence Committee are inaccurate."
The statement didn't specify the "inaccurate" news reports, but most
observers have inferred that the main report in question was an article
in the most recent issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD--Case
Closed: The U.S. government's secret memo
detailing cooperation between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
"Case Closed" described an October 27 memorandum to the Senate
Intelligence Committee from Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith,
which included 50 numbered items of intelligence from a variety of
sources and agencies on links between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Osama
bin Laden's al Qaeda.
. . . On that same day, George Tenet provided an unclassified version of
the relationship in a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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
--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
--We have credible reporting that al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in
Iraq who could help them acquire W.M.D. 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.
James Woolsey, CIA director under President Bill Clinton, made reference
to the Tenet letter in an appearance this past weekend on "Late Edition
with Wolf Blitzer." Tenet's enumeration of the links and the evidence in
the Feith memo has Woolsey convinced.
"Anybody who says there is no working relationship between al Qaeda and
Iraqi intelligence going back to the early '90s--they can only say that
if they're illiterate. This is a slam dunk."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Terror-tied by memo
By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Published November 18, 2003The unavoidable
conclusion: Saddam Hussein's regime had been guilty as charged -- tied
for more than a decade to Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network
(among other terrorist groups) for the purpose of waging attacks on
their mutual foe, the United States.
Links Saddam, Usama
Sunday, November 16, 2003
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (search
terror lord Usama bin Laden's thugs financial and logistical support,
offering Al Qaeda (search
training and haven for more than a decade, it was reported yesterday.
Their deadly collaboration — which may have included the bombing of
the USS Cole (search
the 9/11 attacks — is revealed in a 16-page memo to the Senate
Intelligence Committee (search
cites reports from a variety of domestic and foreign spy agencies
compiled by multiple sources,
Intel Report Links
November 15, 2003
by Stephen F. Hayes
Usama bin Laden (search) and Saddam
Hussein (search) had
an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved
training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support
for terrorist attacks, Al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and
Iraqi financial support for Al Qaeda - perhaps even for Mohamed Atta -
according to a top secret U.S. government memorandum obtained by The
The memo, dated October
27, 2003, was sent from Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J.
Feith (search) to
Senators Pat Roberts and Jay Rockefeller, the chairman and vice chairman
of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Saddam Financed Lead 9/11 Hijacker
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 10:44 a.m. EST
In a startling about-face
for U.S. intelligence officials, a bombshell memo released by the Senate
Intelligence Committee late Friday draws a direct link between Saddam
Hussein and the 9/11 attacks, citing evidence that Iraqi intelligence
bankrolled lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta in the months leading up to the
worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil.
The previously secret
16-page memo, prepared by the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies,
says Atta met as many as four times in Prague with Iraqi intelligence
agent Ahmed al Ani prior to the 9/11 attacks.
In a staggering
revelation, which offers an overwhelming and compelling justification for
the U.S. attack on Iraq, the CIA memo says that, during one of these
meetings, al Ani "ordered the [Iraqi Intelligence Service] finance officer
to issue Atta funds from IIS financial holdings in the Prague office."
American Outlook – Fall
Iraqi Daily: Saddam
Ordered Training of Al-Qa'ida Members
independent Iraqi weekly Al-Yawm Al-Aakher reveals details on the training
of Al-Qa'ida members operating under the orders of Saddam's Presidential
Palace two months before the September 11 attacks. The following are
excerpts from the article:
Insight on the news
The Link Between Iraq
By Scott L. Wheeler
Senior investigators and
analysts in the U.S. government have concluded that Iraq acted as a state
sponsor of terrorism against Americans and logistically supported the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States - confirming news reports
that until now have emerged only in bits and pieces. . . . That
assistance, confirmed independently, came in a variety of ways, including
financial support spun out through a complex web of financial institutions
in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy and elsewhere. Long suspected of
having terrorist ties to al-Qaeda, they now have been linked to Iraq as
well. . . . Bush officially cited al-Taqwa as part of al-Qaeda's
money-laundering activities. . . . It is in al-Taqwa and Nada Management
that the government investigator says he found the links to Saddam and
Leitner says. The O'Neill lawsuit . . . against Iraq points to numerous
organizations and financial institutions the plaintiffs say were "fronts"
for Islamic terrorism activities and claims financial linkages to Iraq,
Iraqi intelligence and Saddam. . . . Also listed as a defendant in the
lawsuit is the Arab TV network al-Jazeera. "Defendant Mohammed Jaseem
al-Ali and two other employees of al-Jazeera are identified in documents
captured in the April 2003 U.S. military action in Iraq as having received
substantial funding from the Iraqi regime in exchange for acting as
liaisons between Iraq and al-Qaeda. One document reveals that al-Jazeera
passed letters from Osama bin Laden to Saddam Hussein," the complaint
alleges. . . .
Scott L. Wheeler is a
contributing writer for Insight magazine.
email the author
The Iraq -- Al Qaeda
Miniter Publish 09/25/2003
. . . Those who try to
whitewash Saddam's record don't dispute this evidence; they just ignore
it. So let's review the evidence, all of it on the public record for
months or years:
* Abdul Rahman Yasin was
the only member of the al Qaeda cell that detonated the 1993 World Trade
Center bomb to remain at large in the Clinton years. He fled to Iraq. U.S.
forces recently discovered a cache of documents in Tikrit, Saddam's
hometown, that show that Iraq gave Mr. Yasin both a house and monthly
* Sudanese intelligence
officials told me that their agents had observed meetings between Iraqi
intelligence agents and bin Laden starting in 1994, when bin Laden lived
* In 1999 the Guardian, a
British newspaper, reported that Farouk Hijazi, a senior officer in Iraq's
mukhabarat, had journeyed deep into the icy mountains near Kandahar,
Afghanistan, in December 1998 to meet with al Qaeda men. Mr. Hijazi is
"thought to have offered bin Laden asylum in Iraq," the Guardian reported.
* In October 2000,
another Iraqi intelligence operative, Salah Suleiman, was arrested near
the Afghan border by Pakistani authorities, according to Jane's Foreign
Report, a respected international newsletter. Jane's reported that
Suleiman was shuttling between Iraqi intelligence and Ayman al Zawahiri,
now al Qaeda's No. 2 man.
* In 1998, Abbas al-Janabi,
a longtime aide to Saddam's son Uday, defected to the West. At the time,
he repeatedly told reporters that there was a direct connection between
Iraq and al Qaeda.
*The Sunday Times found a
Saddam loyalist in a Kurdish prison who claims to have been Dr. Zawahiri's
bodyguard during his 1992 visit with Saddam in Baghdad. Dr. Zawahiri was a
close associate of bin Laden at the time and was present at the founding
of al Qaeda in 1989.
* In 2001. . . That same
year, Saudi Arabian border guards arrested two al Qaeda members entering
the kingdom from Iraq.
* Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi
oversaw an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, Mr. Powell told the
United Nations. His specialty was poisons. Wounded in fighting with U.S.
forces, he sought medical treatment in Baghdad in May 2002. When Zarqawi
recovered, he restarted a training camp in northern Iraq. Zarqawi's Iraq
cell was later tied to the October 2002 murder of Lawrence Foley, an
official of the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Amman,
Jordan. The captured assassin confessed that he received orders and funds
from Zarqawi's cell in Iraq, Mr. Powell said. His accomplice escaped to
*Zarqawi met with
military chief of al Qaeda, Mohammed Ibrahim Makwai (aka Saif al-Adel) in
Iran in February 2003, according to intelligence sources cited by the
* Mohamed Mansour Shahab,
a smuggler hired by Iraq to transport weapons to bin Laden in Afghanistan,
was arrested by anti-Hussein Kurdish forces in May, 2000. He later told
his story to American intelligence and a reporter for the New Yorker
* Documents found among
the debris of the Iraqi Intelligence Center show that Baghdad funded the
Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan terror group led by an Islamist cleric
linked to bin Laden. According to a London's Daily Telegraph, the
organization offered to recruit "youth to train for the jihad" at a
"headquarters for international holy warrior network" to be established in
* Mullah Melan Krekar,
ran a terror group (the Ansar al-Islam) linked to both bin Laden and
Saddam Hussein. Mr. Krekar admitted to a Kurdish newspaper that he met bin
Laden in Afghanistan and other senior al Qaeda officials. His acknowledged
meetings with bin Laden go back to 1988. When he organized Ansar al Islam
in 2001 to conduct suicide attacks on Americans, "three bin Laden
operatives showed up with a gift of $300,000 'to undertake jihad,'"
Newsday reported. Mr. Krekar is now in custody in the Netherlands. His
group operated in a portion of northern Iraq loyal to Saddam Hussein --
and attacked independent Kurdish groups hostile to Saddam. A spokesman for
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan told a United Press International
correspondent that Mr. Krekar's group was funded by "Saddam Hussein's
regime in Baghdad."
* After October 2001,
hundreds of al Qaeda fighters are believed to have holed up in the Ansar
al-Islam's strongholds inside northern Iraq. . . .
Mr. Miniter is a senior
fellow at the Center for the New Europe and author of "Losing
bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror" (Regnery)
which is now on the New York Times' bestseller list.
Document links Saddam,
By GILBERT S. MERRITT
for The Tennessean
Through an unusual set of
circumstances, I have been given documentary evidence of the names and
positions of the 600 closest people in Iraq to Saddam Hussein, as well as
his ongoing relationship with Osama bin Laden. . . .
So today he brought me
the proof, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is right.
The document shows that
an Iraqi intelligence officer, Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod, assigned to
the Iraq embassy in Pakistan, is ''responsible for the coordination of
activities with the Osama bin Laden group.''
The document shows that
it was written over the signature of Uday Saddam Hussein, the son of
Saddam Hussein. The story of how the document came about is as follows. .
'We'll pay all expenses
to gain the knowledge
from bin Laden and
convey a message back'
Document 1, dated
February 19, 1998
Marked "Top Secret and
Urgent" in the margin and signed by "MDA", thought to be the codename for
the director of one of the intelligence sections within the Mukhabarat.
"The envoy is a trusted
confidant and known by them. According to the above mediation we request
official permission to call Khartoum station to facilitate the travel
arrangements for the above-mentioned person to Iraq. And that our body
carry all the travel and hotel expenses inside Iraq to gain the knowledge
of the message from bin Laden and to convey to his envoy an oral message
from us to bin Laden, the Saudi opposition leader, about the future of our
relationship with him, and to achieve a direct meeting with him." . . .
Document 2, dated
February 23, 1998
Addressed to codename "M4/7", marked "Information M4 D1/3/4" and given the
number 375 by the Mukhabarat bureaucracy.
"The permission of Mr
Deputy Director of Intelligence has been gained on 21 February for this
operation, to secure a reservation for one of the intelligence services
guest's for one week in one of the first class hotels [the Al Mansour
Melia hotel in Baghdad]".
Signed by "M.D. 1/3",
next to which is written February 22.
In the margin it is
written that this has been done in co-ordination with the chief of the
Saudi section and that they write to extend the period of host for one
A note at the bottom of
the page says "The envoy H arrived 5th March". Another note mentions "room
414" next to the name, Mohammed F. Mohammed Ahmed.
Document 3, dated
March 24, 1998
Written by hand and
labelled number 736 and marked "Secret" in the margin. This paper has been
given the code number M 4/7/2 and is addressed to codename "2/D1/3".
numbered D1/3/4/375 dated 23rd February 1998, we enclose herewith the
bill to host a guest in Mansour Melia Hotel. Please let it be known and
get the official permission to spend the amount and return the permission
back with our regards. Include the name of bills of the hotel." Signed by
another official with the codename M.M. 4/7
At the foot of this
document there is another note, dated April 13, that says that after 21
"We have been informed by
Saudi section chief [of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, the Mukhabarat]
that we get permission to send the amount and the permission is sent to
Star finds bin
Three pages of
documents point to the arrival of a messenger
Apr. 28, 2003. 01:34 PM
Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization and Saddam Hussein's regime shared
direct contact as early as 1998, according to top-secret Iraqi
intelligence documents obtained by the Star. . . .
The handwritten file,
three pages in all, relates to the arrival of a secret envoy sent by bin
Laden to Iraq in March, 1998, apparently to establish a clandestine
relationship with the Iraqi regime.
Apr. 27, 2003. 09:58 AM
Clumsy efforts hid bin
MIDDLE EAST BUREAU
As the mystery slowly
unravelled, Amir's eyes grew wider. Finally, he leapt from the bed in
stunned disbelief. "What? What have you got," I asked.
"It says bin Laden. It
says bin Laden," he bellowed, jumping in the air.
Saddam link to terror
Smucker in Baghdad and Adrian Blomfield in Nairobi
Saddam Hussein's regime
was linked to an African Islamist terrorist group, according to
intelligence papers seen by The Telegraph. The documents provide the first
hard evidence of ties between Iraq and religious terrorism. . . The
papers show how Iraq's charge d'affaires in Nairobi, Fallah Hassan Al
Rubdie, was in discussion with the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan
guerrilla group with ties to other anti-western Islamist organisations. .
. In a letter to the head of the Iraqi spy agency, a senior ADF operative
outlined his group's efforts to set up an "international mujahideen team".
. . Nassir offered to "vet, recruit and send youth to train for the jihad"
at a centre in Baghdad, which he described as a "headquarters for
international holy warrior network". . .
March 17, 2003 1:45 p.m.
Disarmament Not Good
Getting rid of
A 9/11 CONNECTION?
According to Michael Ledeen's book, The War Against the Terror Masters,
September 11 ring leader Mohamed Atta flew from Virginia Beach to Prague
on April 7, 2001. The next day, he met with an Iraqi diplomat and
suspected spy named Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir Al-Ani in Prague. On April
9, Ledeen writes, Atta flew home to Florida. "Less than two weeks later he
opened an account at the Sun Bank in Florida, and $100,000 was transferred
into that account from an unknown money-changer in the Persian Gulf." That
April 22, Czech officials expelled Al-Ani for "engaging in activities
beyond his diplomatic duties," namely surveilling Radio Free Europe's
Spain links suspect in
9/11 plot to Baghdad
Sunday March 16, 2003
An alleged terrorist accused of helping the 11 September
conspirators was invited to a party by the Iraqi ambassador to Spain under
his al-Qaeda nom de guerre, according to documents seized by Spanish
Yusuf Galan, who was
photographed being trained at a camp run by Osama bin Laden, is now in
jail, awaiting trial in Madrid. The indictment against him, drawn up by
investigating judge Baltasar Garzon, claims he was 'directly involved with
the preparation and carrying out of the attacks ... by the suicide pilots
on 11 September'.
Evidence of Galan's links
with Iraqi government officials came to light only recently, as
investigators pored through more than 40,000 pages of documents seized in
raids at the homes of Galan and seven alleged co-conspirators. The Spanish
authorities have supplied copies to lawyers in America, and this week the
documents will form part of a dossier to be filed in a federal court in
Washington, claiming damages of approximately $100 billion on behalf of
more than 2,500 11 September victims. - The Observer
Bin Laden uses Iraq to
plot new attacks
By Syed Saleem
February 23, 2003
Similarly, bin Laden and
the al-Qaeda have maintained close relations with Iraqi intelligence since
the early 1990s. In 1994, Iraqi intelligence chief Farooq al-Hijazi
visited the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, where bin Laden had established
a headquarters for al-Qaeda in 1991 to run businesses to provide it with
income and support. Farooq and bin Laden met. Also present was Dr Hasan
Turabi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood organization of Sudan. (Bin
Laden married one of Turabi's nieces while he was in Sudan.)
This meeting was to prove helpful to both bin Laden and Iraqi leader
of Iraqi diplomat bolsters U.S. case that Iraq engaged in terrorism
Thu Feb 13, 2003, 8:14 AM ET
By HRVOJE HRANJSKI,
Associated Press Writer
MANILA, Philippines - The
expulsion from the Philippines of an Iraqi diplomat allegedly linked to
the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group has bolstered the U.S. case that
Iraq is sponsoring international terrorism, Philippine officials said
The Abu Sayyaf has been
loosely linked to Osama bin Laden (news
web sites)'s al-Qaeda network. The Philippines has given Iraqi Consul
Husham Husain until Friday to leave the country. . . . Shortly after the
outbreak of the Gulf War in January 1991, Manila expelled then-Iraqi
Charge d'Affaires Muwafak al-Ani after an Iraqi man was killed and another
wounded in the premature detonation of a bomb believed intended for the
U.S. cultural center in suburban Makati. The planned bombing appeared to
be an initial attempt by Iraq to carry out a threat of global terrorism in
response to the U.S.-led assault to force its military out of Kuwait.
Sunday Times of London
Al Qaeda was trained in
Iraqi terror camps
Febuary 13, 2003
EVIDENCE is now emerging
of a shadowy military alliance between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden
which involves training al Qaeda fighters to use chemical and biological
weapons in sabotage operations in Europe and the United States.
US claims of a direct
link between bin Laden and Saddam have fallen on deaf ears in Europe. But
an investigation I conducted for PBS, the American state broadcaster,
reveals such a connection really exists. . . . The first hint that
something unusual was happening was picked up in 1997 by Jane's
Intelligence Review. It reported that Saudi and Palestinian dissidents
were being trained in Iraq at secret camps run by a Iraqi military
intelligence group known as Unit 999. . . . In 1994, Unit 999 also started
training Saddam's Fedayeen, a brutal militia. Abu Mohammed, who fled to
Turkey three years ago, told me that in 1997 and 1998 Islamic extremists
were being instructed to use poison gas and biological weapons in
behind-the-lines operations in the Middle East and the West. Unit 999 ran
a course for a number of extremist Middle Eastern groups, including al
Qaeda. . . . Mohammed said a year later he attended another training
course at Salman Pak and Unit 999 where he encountered al Qaeda fighters.
"There was also training
in the use of biological and chemical weapons there but they were not
Iraqis doing it - only foreigners. In the training areas there is a field
especially for weapons of mass destruction. Here, experts hold lectures
and conduct biological experiments, theoretical experiments, of course, on
how to place explosives, or how to pollute specific areas."
Mohammed added: "They
had maps of the USA, Britain, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia."
Gwynne Roberts is an Iraq
specialist and documentary film maker
Arafat-Saddam-Bin Laden Links Surface
September 24, 2002, 4:37 PM
Hussein bin Laden Connection
by Steven Hughes
For Immediate Release
Aug 13, 2002
SEPTEMBER 11 LAWSUIT
AGAINST IRAQ MOVES FORWARD
Department Confirms Saddam Hussein’s Government Served With Lawsuit
Alleging September 11 Involvement
(Washington, DC) Judicial
Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes
government corruption, today announced that the governments of Iraq and
Afghanistan have been served with a civil lawsuit. . . . The lawsuit
alleges a conspiracy among Iraq, bin Laden, the Taliban/Afghani government
in the September 11 terrorist attacks on America. The lawsuit alleges that
Iraq provided “material support and assistance” to bin Laden’s network to
carry out the September 11 attacks and that Iraqi intelligence met several
times with September 11 terrorists, in addition to providing training for
bin Laden’s terrorist network in Iraq itself. - Judicial Watch, Inc.
New York Post
9/11 SUIT TIES SADDAM
TO 10 YRS. OF AID FOR OSAMA
New York; Sep
9, 2002; JOHN LEHMANN;
Words in Document: 265
The civil suit against Iraq, filed last week on behalf of 1,400 victims of
the Sept. 11 attacks and their families, relies on confidential briefings
by ex-CIA officers, interviews with Iraqi defectors, al Qaeda members'
testimonies at the African embassy bombing trial and Iraqi and American
press reports, according to Manhattan law firm Kreindler and Kreindler.
"Lawsuit: Iraq Knew of
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, September 4, 2002; 7:16 PM
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit
filed Wednesday claims Iraq knew Osama bin Laden was targeting the
Pentagon and New York City prior to Sept. 11 and that it sponsored
terrorists for a decade to avenge its defeat in the Gulf War. . . . The
lawsuit alleges that Yousef was an Iraqi intelligence agent who traveled
to the United States using travel documents forged in Kuwait during the
Iraqi occupation of that country in 1991. Yousef was eventually convicted
in the trade center bombing and a plot to blow up a dozen airliners over
the Far East in 1995. He is serving a life prison term.
Friday, March 7, 2003
1:57 p.m. EST
CIA's Woolsey Tells
Court: Iraq Involved in 9/11
Director James Woolsey offered bombshell testimony this week in a lawsuit
brought by the families of World Trade Center victims that implicates
Saddam Hussein in the 9/11 attacks. . . . The one-time Clinton
administration intelligence chief described what he said was a conspiracy
between al-Qaeda and Baghdad.
Sept. 11 Families Win
7, 2003 — A federal judge Wednesday awarded nearly $104 million in damages
to the families of at least two victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks,
saying they had shown that Iraq provided material support to Osama bin
Laden and al-Qaeda.
Judge Harold Baer
outlined the damages against bin Laden, the Taliban and Saddam Hussein and
his Iraqi government in a written decision in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan. Baer said he had concluded that lawyers for the two victims
"have shown, albeit barely ... that Iraq provided material support to bin
Laden and al-Qaeda." - ABC Action News
Friday, May 9, 2003 7:22
9/11 Bombshell: Judge
Rules Saddam Trained Hijackers
In a bombshell finding
virtually ignored by the American media, a U.S. district court judge in
Manhattan ruled Wednesday that Salman Pak, Saddam Hussein's airplane
hijacking school located on the outskirts of Baghdad, played a material
role in the devastating Sept. 11 attacks on America. . . . according to
courtroom testimony by three of the camp's instructors, the facility was a
virtual hijacking classroom where al-Qaeda recruits practiced overcoming
U.S. flight crews using only small knives - a terrorist technique never
employed before 9/11.
At least one veteran of
Salman Pak, Sabah Khodad, has maintained that the 9/11 hijackers were
actually trained by Saddam's henchman. He told PBS in October 2001 that
the World Trade Center attack "was done by graduates of Salman Pak."
The above lawsuit was
filed in Manhattan, the following lawsuit is unrelated and was filed in
Wednesday Feb. 5, 2003;
1:47 p.m. EST
Lawsuit Alleges Saddam
Trained 9/11 Hijackers
A lawsuit set
to be filed in Washington, D.C. will allege that . . . "Saddam Hussein
helped to plan and pay for the September 11 terror attacks on New York and
Washington, according to U.S. court documents obtained by the Sunday
Express," the paper claimed. . . . Five key witnesses - three Iraqi
defectors and two former U.N. weapons inspectors - have "provided chilling
details," the Express said . . .
December 14, 2002 -
Salman Pak / Al
military officers have described a highly secret terrorist training
facility at Salman Pak, where both Iraqis and non-Iraqi Arabs receive
training on hijacking planes and trains, planting explosives in cities,
sabotage, and assassinations.
Proof of Iraq/Bin Laden
Weekend Austrailian ^ |
November 04, 2001 | From AFP
. . . A former Iraqi special forces officer
has given new proof of links between Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden and
Iraq, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported on Saturday . . . The
newspaper said that the former officer told of a training camp called
Salman Pak in Iraq where members of bin Laden's terror network had trained
as pilots and on how to seize control of aircraft. Musawi said that the
former officer told him: "There were also women pilots who were trained
and I believe that the next time, if there is a next time, it could be a
woman who takes over an airplane."
Nov. 6, 2001
PBS interview with
Iraqi Lt. General:
This general served Saddam Hussein for
decades. Along with another Iraqi defector, Sabah Khodada (see below), the
general tells of terrorists training in a Boeing 707 resting next to
railroad tracks on the edge of Salman Pak, an area south of Baghdad. The
existence of the plane has been confirmed by U.N. inspectors.
Oct. 14, 2001
PBS interview with
A captain in the Iraqi army from 1982 to
1992, he worked at what he describes as a highly secret terrorist training
camp at Salman Pak
October 18, 2001
PBS interview with
Well, Jim Fox, then head of the New York FBI
himself believed that Iraq was behind the Trade Center bombing. Why?
Because he recognized that the Muslim extremists were not capable of
carrying out this plot on their own. There was something major behind it.
Two, there were Iraqis all around the fringe of the plot. One of those
Iraqis, Abdul Rachman Yasin, came from Baghdad before the bombing,
returned to Baghdad afterwards.
Militia defector claims
Baghdad trained Al-Qaeda fighters in chemical warfare
Gwynne Roberts in Ankara
Sunday Times (London); Overseas news; News;
July 14, 2002, Sunday
Mohammed said he was recruited into Saddam's
Fedayeen in 1997 and trained at two secret facilities - at Salman Pak,
southeast of Baghdad, and at the Unit 999 camp, northwest of the Iraqi
capital. His first encounter with Bin Laden's fighters occurred at Salman
Pak when he was on an induction course to become a Fedayeen officer, he
March 18, 2002
By WILLIAM SAFIRE
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Soviet propagandists used to touch up photographs to remove
the face of a Kremlin official who had fallen from favor, making him a "nonperson."
The same disinformation technique is now being used to wipe out the fact
of a meeting in Prague in April, 2001 — five months before the Sept. 11
attacks on the U.S. — between Mohamed Atta, the leading Qaeda hijacker,
and Ahmed al-Ani, the Iraqi consul in Prague, who was Saddam Hussein's
intelligence case officer there.
On solid evidence: The Czech intelligence
agency, B.I.S., had the Iraqi embassy spy in Prague under constant visual
and wiretap surveillance . . . Three months ago, after the absolve-Saddam
campaign began to cast doubt on the report of the Atta-al Ani meeting at
the Prague airport, Interior Minister Stanislav Gross issued a statement
that "B.I.S. guarantees the information, so we stick by that information."
No backing away; on the contrary, strong reaffirmation.
On corroboration of the evidence that Atta
flew 7,000 miles, from Virginia Beach to Prague and back to Florida (his
third trip to Prague in a year): The F.B.I. has car-rental and other
records that Atta left for Prague on April 8, 2001, and returned on April
11. The B.I.S. report of the meeting that Saddam's case officer had with
the suicide hijacker fell precisely within those dates. Czech
intelligence, in identifying al-Ani's contact as Atta, had no knowledge of
the F.B.I.'s evidence that independently corroborates Atta's brief
presence in Prague.
On C.I.A. assessment of the evidence: James
Risen reported in The New York Times last month that while not enough
evidence ties Saddam specifically to Sept. 11, "senior American
intelligence officials have concluded that the meeting between Mr. Atta
and the Iraqi officer, Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, did take place."
UN envoy confirms
Kmonicek says Al-Ani, Atta spoke in Prague
By Frank Griffiths
FOR THE POST
June 5, 2002
The Czech envoy to the UN has confirmed that an Iraqi agent met with
suspected Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta, in the latest rebuke to
widespread U.S. media reports dismissing the Prague encounter as a
"The meeting took place," Hynek Kmonicek, a former deputy foreign
minister, told The Prague Post flatly in a New York City interview . . .
The rendezvous between the al-Qaida operative and the Iraqi intelligence
agent was confirmed by Prime Minister Milos Zeman . . . But Kmonicek, a
government official with top security clearance, was adamant that al-Ani
and Atta met in April 2001, as Czech officials have stated repeatedly.
. . . Kmonicek said the Czech government
collected detailed evidence of the al-Ani/Atta meeting, but declined to
elaborate on the nature of the evidence. . . .
'Saddam controlled the
The Iraqi connection
Sunday November 11, 2001
As evidence linking Iraqi intelligence to the 11 September hijackers
begins to emerge, David Rose gathers testimony from former Baghdad agents
and the CIA to reveal the secrets of Saddam's terror training camp.
Zeinab and Khodad said the Salman Pak
students practised their techniques in a Boeing 707 fuselage parked in the
foreigners' part of the camp. Yesterday their story received important
corroboration from Charles Duelfer, former vice chairman of Unscom, the UN
weapons inspection team. Duelfer said he visited Salman Pak several times,
landing by helicopter. He saw the 707, in exactly the place described by
. . . Abu Amin . . . he is one of Iraq's
most highly decorated intelligence officers . . . who then went on to a
senior post in the unit known as 'M8' - the department for 'special
operations', such as sabotage, terrorism and murder. This is the man,
Colonel Muhammed Khalil Ibrahim al-Ani, whom Mohamed Atta flew halfway
across the world to meet in Prague last April, five months before piloting
his hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Centre.
Evidence is mounting that this meeting was
not an isolated event. The Observer has learnt that Atta's talks with al-Ani
were only one of several apparent links between Iraq, the 11 September
hijackers and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. Senior US intelligence
sources say the CIA has 'credible information' that in the spring of this
year, at least two other members of the hijacking team also met known
Iraqi intelligence agents outside the United States. They are believed to
be Atta's closest associates and co-leaders, Marwan al-Shehri and Ziad
Jarrah, the other two members of the 'German cell ' who lived with Atta in
Hamburg in the late 1990s.
In the strongest official statement to date
alleging Iraqi involvement in the new wave of anti-Western terrorism, on
Friday night Milos Zeman, the Czech Prime Minister, told reporters and
Colin Powell, the US Secretary of State, that the Czech authorities
believed Atta and al-Ani met expressly to discuss a bombing.
The National Interest,
The World Trade Center Bomb:
Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It
by Laurie Mylroie
Few Americans are aware of the true scale
of the destructive ambition behind that bomb, this despite the fact that
two years later, the key figure responsible for building it--a man who
had entered the United Stares on an Iraqi passport under the name of
Ramzi Yousef--was involved in another stupendous bombing conspiracy. In
January 1995, Yousef and his associates plotted to blow up eleven U.S.
commercial aircraft in one spectacular day of terrorist rage. The bombs
were to be made of a liquid explosive designed to pass through airport
metal detectors. But while mixing his chemical brew in a Manila
apartment, Yousef started a fire. He was forced to flee, leaving behind
a computer that contained the information that led to his arrest a month
later in Pakistan. Among the items found in his possession was a letter
threatening Filipino interests if a comrade held in custody were not
released. It claimed the "ability to make and use chemicals and
poisonous gas... for use against vital institutions and residential
populations and the sources of drinking water."  Quickly extradited,
he is now in U.S. custody awaiting trial this spring. . . .
It is important to know who Ramzi Yousef
is and who his "friends" are, because if he is not just a
bomber-for-hire, or an Islamic militant loosely connected to other
Muslim fundamentalists, Yousef's "friends" could still prove very
dangerous to the United States. It is of considerable interest,
therefore, that a very persuasive case can be made that Ramzi Yousef is
an Iraqi intelligence agent, and that his bombing conspiracies were
meant as Saddam Hussein's revenge for the Gulf War. . . .
on the news
Transcript -- World Exclusive
Posted April 19, 2002
The following interview with ELMINA ABDUL,
widow of EDWIN ANGELES, one of the cofounders of the ABU SAYYAF GROUP (ASG),
and deep cover agent for the Defense Intelligence Group (DIG) of the
Department of National Defense (DND), of the Republic of the
Philippines, was taken on March 10, 2002, in the presence of CHRISTOPHER
M. PUNO, Information Officer of the Province of Basilan, at BASCOM
Hospital, in the general ward. . . .
DZS: Did he ever talk to you about
meetings with Arabs or Americans?
EA: Yes, once he had met with some Arabs and Americans in 1994, in Davao
(City), or General Santos (City).
DZS: Did he tell you who they were?
EA: Does the name Ramsey Yousef mean something to you Mr. Sicat?
DZS: Ahmad Hassim. Does that mean something to you?
EA: He had met with them. And an American who he called Terry or the
Farmer, and another American whom he did not name.
DZS: Was the American he named as Terry, Terry Nichols?
EA: He did not mention the surname. Only Terry.
DZS: Did he tell you why and how many times they had met?
EA: They met almost every day for one
week. They met in an empty bodega (warehouse). They talked about
bombings. They mentioned bombing government buildings in San Francisco,
Saint Louis and in Oklahoma. The Americans wanted instructions how to
make and to explode bombs. He (Edwin) told me that Janjalani was very
interested in paying them much money to explode the buildings. The money
was coming from Yousef and the other Arab. . . .
DZS: Did he tell you when the bombs would
explode; when they exploded?
EA: He told me that the Americans exploded one bomb in Oklahoma in 1995,
after he was arrested and after we first met.
DZS: Did he ever tell you who was supplying the money for the bombing of
the building, I mean who Yousef was working with or for?
EA: Mr. Sicat, you are the mediaman. Do you not know that Yousef was
representing Iraq and Saddam Hussein? Do you not know that? . . .
on the news
Insight Online World
Posted April 19, 2002
Insight has learned that the widow of
Philippine-government intelligence agent Edwin Angeles has provided
audiotaped testimony to an investigator working for the American
victims' families that directly ties Iraqi intelligence agents to Terry
Nichols, the man sentenced in 1998 to life in prison for his role in
bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building seven years ago.
The I-40 connection between Zacarias
Moussaoui and Mohamed Atta
by Jim Crogan
JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2002
The motel owner said that Moussaoui and a
man who appeared to be Marwan al-Shehhi -- who helped crash a jetliner
into the south tower of the World Trade Center -- were friendly and said
a few things, but Atta was clearly the leader. "He did most of the
talking and seemed very serious," said the owner . . .
One reason for the FBI's apparent lack of
interest might be this motel's alleged connection to Timothy McVeigh and
a group of Iraqis who worked in Oklahoma City. According to the motel
owner and other witnesses and investigators interviewed by the Weekly,
McVeigh and several of these Iraqis were motel guests in the months
preceding the 1995 bombing. Witnesses also claimed they saw several of
the Iraqis moving barrels of material around on the bed of a truck. The
motel owner said the material smelled of diesel fuel and he had to clean
up a spill. Diesel fuel was a key component of the truck bomb that blew
up the Federal Building. . . .
Oklahoma City blast
linked to bin Laden
Reporter says FBI refused to accept evidence
of foreign terror connection
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2001
A former investigative reporter for the NBC
affiliate in Oklahoma City last night told Fox News Channel's Bill
O'Reilly she has gathered massive evidence of a foreign conspiracy
involving Saudi terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the 1995 bombing of
the federal building that killed 168 people.
Jayna Davis, former reporter for KFOR-TV in
Oklahoma City, says she took her evidence -- including hundreds of court
records, 24 sworn witness statements and reports from law enforcement,
intelligence and terror experts -- to the FBI, which refused even to
accept the material.
She said a Middle East terrorist cell was in
operation only blocks from the federal building, and that an Iraqi
national who formerly served in Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard was in
contact with McVeigh the day of the bombing. She said this suspect arrived
at the crime scene in a Ryder truck moments before the blast and sped away
in a brown Chevrolet pickup truck immediately after.
on the news
Iraqi Connection to
Posted March 25, 2002
Kenneth R. Timmerman
. . . That was before an Oklahoma City
lawyer named Mike Johnston, aided by Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch,
filed a federal lawsuit against Iraq on behalf of victims of the Oklahoma
City bombing. The lawsuit alleges that "the entire plot to blow up the
Murrah Building on April 19, 1995, in whole or in part, was orchestrated,
assisted technically and/ or financially and directly aided by agents of
the Republic of Iraq." . . .
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Washington on March 14,
alleges that convicted Oklahoma City conspirator Nichols met repeatedly in
the Philippines with World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Youssef, and that
Youssef was an Iraqi intelligence agent. If these allegations are
confirmed in court, they constitute a stunning indictment of Iraqi state
complicity in murderous attacks on the United States well before Sept. 11.
As if anticipating new developments on the terrorism front, CIA Director
Tenet told the Senate Armed Services Committee in unusually frank
testimony on March 19 that the United States now is actively examining
potential Iraqi and Iranian involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks. . . .
Last October, U.S. News & World Report revealed in its "Washington
Whispers" column that McVeigh was carrying Iraqi telephone numbers when he
was arrested on the day of the bombing. Sources tell INSIGHT that the
phone numbers apparently were contained in a sealed manila envelope that
was turned over to the FBI unopened by the Oklahoma state troopers who
arrested McVeigh. The FBI logged in the evidence as "manila envelope with
content," but never disclosed what was inside.
Yet another potential Iraqi connection to the Oklahoma City bombing is
being promoted by a former Oklahoma City TV reporter named Jayna Davis,
who claims to have discovered an Iraqi terrorist network embedded within
the Arab immigrant community in the city. . . .
But new evidence uncovered by Johnston and
his investigators suggests that Youssef may have had direct ties to Iraqi
intelligence all along. "We have sworn witness statements and affidavits
from court cases that predate the Oklahoma City bombing that directly tie
Ramzi Youssef to Dr. Ihsan Barbouti," Johnston tells INSIGHT. "The
witnesses say Barbouti introduced Ramzi Youssef as an 'explosives expert
for the Iraqi National Oil Company,' and that Youssef was working in
Kuwait for Barbouti prior to the Iraqi invasion." Johnston says that he
believes Barbouti was married to a member of Saddam Hussein's al-Tikriti
clan. In tribal Iraq, such ties create bonds of absolute loyalty.
The Iraq Connection
BY MICAH MORRISON
Thursday, September 5, 2002 12:01 a.m. EDT
. . . the long investigative work by Ms.
Davis and Ms. Mylroie, coming to parallel conclusions though working
largely independently of each other, has gained some prominent supporters.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey, for example, recently told the Journal
that "when the full stories of these two incidents are finally told, those
who permitted the investigations to stop short will owe big explanations
to these two brave women. And the nation will owe them a debt of
complaint against Iraq for OK City bombing filed in US District Court,
Washington DC (filed in March 2002) Jury selection March 2004:
7. The parties hereto, based on their
collective knowledge and on the knowledge of other victims of the bombing
of April 19, 1995, believe that the attack was not as simple as has been
portrayed by the United States government during the criminal trials of
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Specifically, upon information and
belief, Plaintiffs assert that other individuals were involved in
preparation for and execution of the attack. Plaintiffs assert that the
entire plot was, in whole or in part, orchestrated, assisted technically
and/or financially, and directly aided by agents of The Republic of Iraq.
Plaintiffs further assert that this attack was an illegal continuation of
the Persian Gulf War. Plaintiffs herein assert that they or their loved
ones are, in effect, civilian casualties of said Gulf War in a manner
contrary to the Geneva Convention and other applicable international
treaties. Plaintiffs assert that the involvement and complicity of Iraq
can be proven by both direct and circumstantial evidence in classic
application, i.e., means, opportunity and motive, to wit:
10. On April 20, 1990, a Criminal
Investigation Agent for the U.S. Customs Service authored a “Report of
Investigation” including information from a confidential informant from
Europe who revealed that Barbouti was a “conduit for. . .funds to
terrorist organizations.” The Customs informant also noted that there was
an individual working with Barbouti. . . . Said individual was identified
in a 1991 Florida federal court case, i.e., testimony given two years
before the first attack on the World Trade Center, as being “Ramzi Youssef.”
Youssef was an Iraqi government agent.
20. Three months later, when the Murrah
Building was bombed, Abdul Hakim Murad, in a prison cell in New York City
awaiting trial for his part in the plot to bomb five American 747
aircraft, admitted verbally on April 19, 1995 and in writing that Ramzi
Youssef’s “liberation army” was responsible for the Murrah Building
bombing! Murad’s conspiratorial admission of foreign involvement in the
Oklahoma City bombing was revealed by an FBI 302 Report that was
referenced in Timothy McVeigh’s March 1997 “Petition for Writ of
Mandamus,” Case No. 97-1109 (10th Cir.). The 302 Report was sealed. Said
conspiratorial admission, however, was never reported by the government to
the bombing victims.
23. Freedom of Information Act records
obtained from Interpol’s National Central Bureau on February 24, 2000
revealed that, long after Nichols and McVeigh were in custody for the
Murrah Building bombing, Interpol was still trying to apprehend at least
two other individuals, one a foreign national, somewhere overseas, who
were “implicated in the bomb attack against the Oklahoma City federal
building on April 19, 1995.” Also, the last (released) document contained
in Interpol’s file regarding the Oklahoma City bombing was a New York
Times article about the 1997 trial of Ramzi Youssef for the terrorist
plots prepared in the Philippines during 1994 and early 1995. See Exhibit
4, attached hereto, which is incorporated herein by reference. Obviously,
Interpol connected Ramzi Youssef to the Oklahoma City bombing. Neither of
these things was ever revealed by the United States government to
Plaintiffs, i.e., bombing victims, herein.
24. Plaintiffs further assert that Timothy
McVeigh had additional Iraqi assistance in preparing the Murrah Building
attack during the days leading up to April 19, 1995. This included,
specifically, the assistance of Hussain Hashem Alhussaini, a former
soldier in the Iraqi army during the Gulf War who had been allowed entry
into the United States in 1994 through Boston from an interment camp in
Saudi Arabia. Also, see Exhibit 5, attached hereto, which is a copy of an
April 19, 1995 government memorandum documenting a report to the
Washington Metropolitan Field Office of the FBI, made by a former
high-ranking CIA official, and is incorporated herein by reference. Said
CIA official (who had previously worked on the Pan Am 103 case) was
passing on urgent information from a Saudi Arabian counterterrorism
official in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The intelligence information was that
“there was a ‘squad’ of people currently in the United States, very
possibly Iraqis, who have been tasked with carrying out terrorist attacks
against the United States.” One of the three targets specifically
mentioned in the report was Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The existence of this
memo was never communicated by the U.S. government to Plaintiffs herein,
Posted: December 11, 2002
Iraq-al-Qaida links go
By David Rose
CIA reports of Iraqi-al-Qaida cooperation number nearly 100 and extend
back to 1992, according to a reporter for Vanity Fair whose sources
include senior Pentagon officials.
Contacts among Ansar
al-Islam, Al Qaeda, and aides to the Iraqi President
By Scott Peterson
Staff Writer of the Christian Science
2 April 2002
While Ansar is gaining strength in numbers,
new information is emerging that ties the organization to both Osama bin
Laden's Al Qaeda network and to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The Al Qaeda
contacts allegedly stretch back to 1989, and include regular recruiting
visits by bin Laden cadres to Kurdish refugee camps in Iran and to
northern Iraq, as well as a journey by senior Ansar leaders to meet Al
Qaeda chiefs in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the summer of 2000.
A 20-year veteran of Iraqi intelligence alleges the Iraqi government
secretly provided cash and training to Ansar . . .
Target: Safe Harbor –
Bush’s case against Iraq is iron-clad post – 9/11
National Review Online ^ | September 6, 2002 | Larry Kudlow
The New Yorker's Jeffrey Goldberg reported
brilliantly on Ansar al-Islam last winter. This is a group of several
hundred terrorists who were initially trained and organized by bin Laden
troops and co-financed by al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's secret police. . .
And Ledeen points out that these groups are
being aided and abetted by the "terror masters" — namely Iran, Iraq, and
Syria who foster, arm, and train these terrorists, and Saudi Arabia, the
financier. These are the safe-harboring states who shield enemies of the
Who did it?
19 September 2001
. . . The Iraqis, who for several years paid
smaller groups to do their dirty work, were quick to discover the
advantages of Al-Qaeda. . . .
Was bin Laden working
Boston Globe ^ | 9/25/01 | Laurie Mylroie
. . . Above all, a critical question has not
been addressed: Was bin Laden alone responsible for the carnage that
occurred on Sept. 11, or was he working with an enemy state, namely
Iraq?As Rafael Eitan, former head of Israel's Mossad, stated, ''I have no
doubt whatsoever that the
mastermind of this atrocity is none other
than the Iraqi dictator.'' Former CIA director Jim Woolsey has also
fingered Iraq, and senior officials in the Pentagon agree. . . .
Iraq Tempts Bin Laden
To Attack West
The Herald (UK)
By Ian Bruce
December 28, 1999
The world's most wanted man, Osama bin
Laden, has been offered sanctuary in Iraq if his worldwide terrorist
network succeeds in carrying out a campaign of high-profile attacks on the
West . . .
2001 Air Crash over New York Was Work of Al Qaeda Suicide, Says Canadian
DEBKAfile Special Report
2004, 10:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
According to a top
secret Canadian government report, the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York,
had a sequel two months later. On November 13, 2001, American Airlines
flight 587 crashed over Queens, New York, shortly after takeoff from JFK
killing all 265 people aboard. A captured al-Qaeda operative, Mohammed
Mansour Jabarah, told Canadian intelligence investigators that a Montreal
man who trained in Afghanistan alongside the 9/11 hijackers was
responsible, using a small shoe bomb similar to the one used by convicted
shoe bomber Richard Reid for his “suicide mission.” He named Abderraouf
Jdey, a Canadian citizen known also as “Farouk the Tunisian.”
Seven Years Later: Was
TWA Flight 800 a First Strike By Jihad Terrorists?
Capitalism Magazine ^ | July 17, 2003 | Scott Holleran
Skeptics questioned the investigation,
including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Thomas Moorer, a
retired admiral, who added his name to those who believe a missile
destroyed the plane.
Moorer -- joined by Vernon Grose, a former
member of the National Transportation Safety Board -- expressed grave
doubts about the investigation. "All the evidence," Moorer said, "would
point to a missile."
At the time of the crash, 270 eyewitnesses
reported seeing a streak of light. Nearly 100 eyewitnesses said that the
streak of light *originated* from the earth's surface, contrary to the
CIA's animated simulation.