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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Saddam and Osama: only 'seeing' each other, nothing too serious

Link: In 1992 the Iraqi Intelligence services compiled a list of its assets. On page 14 of the document, marked "Top Secret" and dated March 28, 1992, is the name of Osama bin Laden, who is reported to have a "good relationship" with the Iraqi intelligence section in Syria.
Evidence: The Defense Intelligence Agency has possession of the document and has assessed that it is accurate.

Link: In 1993, Saddam Hussein and bin Laden reached an "understanding" that Islamic radicals would refrain from attacking the Iraqi regime in exchange for unspecified assistance, including weapons development.
Evidence: This understanding, which was included in the Clinton administration's indictment of bin Laden in the spring of 1998, has been corroborated by numerous Iraqis and al Qaeda terrorists now in U.S. custody.

Link: In 1994, Faruq Hijazi, then deputy director of Iraqi Intelligence, met face-to-face with bin Laden. Bin Laden requested anti-ship limpet mines and training camps in Iraq.
Evidence: Hijazi has detailed the meeting in a custodial interview with U.S. interrogators.

Link & Evidence: In 1995, according to internal Iraqi intelligence documents first reported by the New York Times on June 25, 2004, a "former director of operations for Iraqi Intelligence Directorate 4 met with Mr. bin Laden on Feb. 19." When bin Laden left Sudan in 1996, the document states, Iraqi intelligence sought "other channels through which to handle the relationship, in light of his current location."

Link: That same year [1995], Hussein agreed to a request from bin Laden to broadcast anti-Saudi propaganda on Iraqi state television.

Link: In 1997, al Qaeda sent an emissary with the nom de guerre Abdullah al Iraqi to Iraq for training on weapons of mass destruction.
Evidence: Colin Powell cited this evidence in his presentation at the UN on February 5, 2003. The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Powell's presentation on Iraq and terrorism was "reasonable."

Nothing to see here, move along...
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Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 7/02/2005 09:27:00 AM

4 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

I look forward to the expose on all the meetings between Osama bin Laden, his representatives, and another foreign intelligence agency - the CIA. I think he may have had something to do with that outfit in the past. Remember anything about that?

Also, Iraq offered refuge to Abu Nidal, who was a pretty bad terrorist, but was found dead there some time ago, apparently from a "suicide".

7/02/2005 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

The CIA was supporting the ISI (Pakistani intelligence), and through them the entire mujahedeen (of which bin Laden was a small part) in Afghanistan in a war against the USSR and the ruling Communist Party (installed by the Soviet invasion). Thats a little different from bin Laden being one of the CIA's 'agents' now isn't it. Even if he was at one time sponsored directly by the CIA, his activities since at least the Somalia 'Black Hawk Down' incident have been rather... anti-American, wouldn't you say?

You should give up on the Michael Moore books.

As for Abu Nidal - he was gunned down by the Iraqi secret police (can't remember their name), I remember reading the press reports at the time.

7/02/2005 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

It's interesting that vapid nothings emitting from people like Michael Moore and various liberal columnists are enough evidence for some people to determine the CIA is somehow vaguely responsible for 'creating the monster' of 9/11, yet those very same people ignore anything the US Government says which goes against their little pacifist conspiracy theories.

7/02/2005 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I haven't read anything by Michael Moore for some time, I find he is always on about the same stuff. And I never said that Osama was a CIA "agent". But it would be hard to dispute that he (and others) received support/funding/arms/training from the CIA.

7/03/2005 01:02:00 PM  

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