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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 
Iraq-Al-Qaeda Connections

In The Weekly Standard, Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn have a fascinating article on the subject. The opening sentence should catch your attention:

"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."

There's more connections between al-Qaeda and Saddam than just that. Responding to this article, Claudia Rosett summarizes a few of them (link via Instapundit):

Messrs. Hayes and Joscelyn raise, with good reason, the question of why Saddam gave haven to Abdul Rahman Yasin, one of the men who in 1993 helped make the bomb that ripped through the parking garage of the World Trade Center. They detail a contact between Iraqi intelligence and several of the Sept. 11 hijackers in Malaysia, the year before al Qaeda destroyed the twin towers. They recount the intersection of Iraqi and al Qaeda business interests in Sudan, via, among other things, an Oil for Food contract negotiated by Saddam's regime with the al-Shifa facility that President Clinton targeted for a missile attack following the African embassy bombings because of its apparent connection to al Qaeda. And there is plenty more.

Read the whole thing.




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