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 Encyclopedia: Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda
January, Newsweek magazine reported Saddam Hussein is joining forces with al-Qaeda to launch joint terror counter-strikes against the US and Britain.
The 9/11 Commission concluded that there was no evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Saddam was deposed by the U.S. and its allies during the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Saddam-Hussein-and-Al_Qaeda   (225 words)

  
 Al-Qaeda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Al-Qaeda was strongly opposed to the secular regime of Saddam Hussein and bin Laden had offered use of his fighters' services to the Saudi throne, but the deployment of 'infidel' forces to Islamic sacred territory was seen as an act of treachery by bin Laden.
Bin Laden referred to Saddam Hussein (and the Baathists) as evil, a demon or devil worshipper in his speeches and recorded/written announcements, calling for his overthrow by the people of Iraq.
During the Gulf War, the organization's interests became split between outrage with the intervention of the United Nations in the region and hatred of Saddam Hussein's secular government, as well as expression of concern for the suffering that Islamic people in Iraq were undergoing.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Al_Qaeda   (5598 words)

  
 OpinionJournal - Featured Article
This convergence of Iraq and al Qaeda interests appeared again in the Iraqi press after September 11, this time in a commentary by Saddam Hussein's son, Uday.
By threatening Iraq, which has nothing to do with al Qaeda, the U.S. is said to be inviting Saddam Hussein to become another bin Laden.
Saddam Hussein is probably too clever to get caught openly canoodling with Osama bin Laden, but the evidence above shows that they share the same evil purposes.
www.opinionjournal.com /editorial/feature.html?id=110003069   (984 words)

  
 The Memory Hole > Bush Flatly Declares No Connection Between Saddam and al Qaeda
And Saddam Hussein must understand that if he does not disarm, for the sake of peace, we, along with others, will go disarm Saddam Hussein.
Saddam Hussein has had 12 years to learn how to deceive, and I would view this as more deception on his part.
And the judgment has to be, at the present time, that Saddam Hussein is not cooperating with the inspectors, and therefore is in breach of the U.N. resolution.
www.thememoryhole.org /war/no-saddam-qaeda.htm   (2151 words)

  
 It Depends What the Meaning of "Relationship" Is - President Bush's Clintonian calibrations on al-Qaida. By Fred Kaplan
We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.
He has never precisely alleged that Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al-Qaeda.
slate.msn.com /id/2102589   (840 words)

  
 The New Yorker: Fact
But Saddam Hussein’s cruelty was documented long before September 11th, and was not the principal reason the Bush Administration gave to the world for the necessity of war.
The full record of Hussein Kamel’s interview with the inspectors reveals, however, that he also said that Iraq’s stockpile of chemical and biological warheads, which were manufactured before the 1991 Gulf War, had been destroyed, in many cases in response to ongoing inspections.
In 1996, Saddam Hussein lured the brothers back with a promise of forgiveness, and then had them killed.
www.newyorker.com /fact/content/?030512fa_fact   (4583 words)

  
 TCS Daily - The Iraq -- Al Qaeda Connections
Al Qaedas avowed goal for the past ten years has been the removal of American forces from Saudi Arabia, where they stood in harms way solely to contain Saddam.
At the time, he repeatedly told reporters that there was a direct connection between Iraq and al Qaeda.
From their Baghdad base, the secretary said, they supervised the movement of men, materiel and money for al Qaedas global network.
www.techcentralstation.com /092503F.html   (1857 words)

  
 FORWARD : News
The hunt for Saddam Hussein's money could provide some clues to one of the claims made by the Bush administration to justify its war in Iraq — the possible link between the former Iraqi regime and the Al Qaeda terrorist group.
Asat Trust was designated by the United States and the U.N. as a financier of Al Qaeda through its links to Al Taqwa, a cluster of financial entities spanning the globe from the Bahamas to Italy and controlled by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The law firm has already filed a massive lawsuit against Al Qaeda, Iraq, Saudi officials and an array of Islamic banks, charities and groups on behalf of a group of 9-11 family victims.
www.forward.com /issues/2003/03.06.20/news2.html   (1310 words)

  
 Case Closed
Former IIS deputy director Faruq Hijazi and senior al Qaeda leader [Ayman al] Zawahiri were at the meeting--the first of several between 1992 and 1995 in Sudan.
The defector said Iraq sought al Qaeda influence through its connections with Afghanistan, to facilitate the transshipment of proscribed weapons and equipment to Iraq.
Some of it is new information obtained in custodial interviews with high-level al Qaeda terrorists and Iraqi officials, and some of it is more than a decade old.
www.weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/378fmxyz.asp   (642 words)

  
 Russ Daggatt: Why I Oppose an Iraq War
Saddam is an easy target for a long list of reasons -- he is unquestionably evil and is already hated by the American people, he represents unfinished business from Gulf War I, and he remains defiant of the conditions imposed on him by the U.N. and the U.S. after the last war.
Only recently, with the focus shifting from "regime change" to Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction, have administration officials stopped citing the Prague meeting, and it was not part of the case against Saddam made by Secretary of State Powell to the United Nations on Feb. 5th.
This "aids and protects" argument rests heavily on reports that a single Jordanian member of al Qaeda, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, sought and received medical treatment in Baghdad after being injured in the fighting in Afghanistan.
www.smalla.net /files/docs/daggatt_iraq_war_opposition.html   (10190 words)

  
 The New Yorker: Fact
"Al Qaeda had attacked us before," he pointed out, "and we had a broad effort against the group." He noted that, after the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa, Tenet had told the intelligence community that he was "declaring war" on Al Qaeda.
According to several intelligence officials I spoke to, the relationship between bin Laden and Saddam's regime was brokered in the early nineteen-nineties by the then de-facto leader of Sudan, the pan-Islamist radical Hassan al-Tourabi.
"The argument is that Al Qaeda has got a religious motivation, somehow or other, and the Iraqi regime is considered to be a secular regime," Rumsfeld said.
www.newyorker.com /fact/content/?030210fa_fact   (4977 words)

  
 Saddam Hussein's Philanthropy of Terror - by Deroy Murdock
Saddam Hussein was a living threat to American national security and the safety of the civilized world.
Al Hayat, in December 2000 featured this letter expressing gratitude and appreciation to President Yasser Arafat and to President Saddam Hussein from the family of Imad Al-Dib Badir Al-Dayah.
The public evidence of Saddam Hussein’s cooperation with and support for global terrorists is abundant and clear.
www.husseinandterror.com   (4376 words)

  
 Andrew C. McCarthy on 9/11 Commission & Iraq & al Qaeda on National Review Online
Al-Fadl told agents that when al Qaeda was headquartered in the Sudan in the early-to-mid-1990s, he understood an agreement to have been struck under which the jihadists would put aside their antipathy for Saddam and explore ways of working together with Iraq, particularly regarding weapons production.
Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States.
Al Qaeda's time is fully devoted to conducting terrorist attacks and planning terrorist attacks.
www.nationalreview.com /mccarthy/mccarthy200406170840.asp   (2589 words)

  
 Friends of Al Qaeda - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com
By contrast, the commission found little evidence of any collaborative relationship with Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq—which the Bush administration chose to invade last year at least in part because of claimed links to Al Qaeda.
While there were indeed contacts between bin Laden and Saddam’s regime in the early 1990s—the staff report says an Iraqi intelligence officer made three visits to Sudan and met with bin Laden there in 1994—the attempts to forge an operational alliance apparently failed.
U.S. intelligence officials believe that among the top Al Qaeda operatives hiding out in Iran are senior bin Laden lieutenant Saif Al-Adel and Saad bin Laden, one of Osama’s elder sons.
msnbc.msn.com /id/5227257/site/newsweek   (1305 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: Rice on Iraq, War and Politics -- September 25, 2002
No one is trying to make an argument at this point that Saddam Hussein somehow had operational control of what happened on September 11, so we don't want to push this too far, but this is a story that is unfolding, and it is getting clear, and we're learning more.
This is a matter of disarming the Iraqi regime, because that's the danger, is that Saddam Hussein with nuclear, chemical, biological weapons will be a threat to his people, his neighbors, and to us.
Iraqi opposition leaders discuss alternatives to the regime of Saddam Hussein.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/international/july-dec02/rice_9-25.html   (2243 words)

  
 BBC NEWS Americas Iraq and al-Qaeda: What's the evidence?
The US and UK Governments are once again linking Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network as they try to make their case for a war in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists including members of al-Qaeda
In his State of the Union address in late January, President George Bush said: "Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody, reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists including members of al-Qaeda."
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/americas/2709233.stm   (546 words)

  
 Asia Times - Iraq: Schemers have their way
While that percentage has declined over time, a strong majority was found late last month to believe that Saddam supported al-Qaeda, and a remarkable 52 percent believe that the US has actually found "clear evidence in Iraq" of close ties between the two.
It was the same people who, on behalf of their friends in the Pentagon, also mounted an almost constant campaign against the CIA, the State Department and anyone else who tried to slow the drive to war or question the administration's assertions about Saddam's links with al-Qaeda or the threat he posed to US security.
While Kristol and company were trying to implicate Saddam Hussein in the public debate, their friends in the administration were pushing hard in the same direction.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/EG17Ak02.html   (1207 words)

  
 CNN.com - Transcripts
Zarqawi, who is in Baghdad today, is an al Qaeda associate who took refuge in Baghdad, found sanctuary and safe harbor there before we ever launched into Iraq.
In fact, the officials say, there are at least two men named Ahmed Hiqma Shakir, one an al Qaeda man, the other a lieutenant colonel in Saddam's security forces who had nothing to do with al Qaeda.
DOUG MACEACHIN, 9/11 COMMISSION STAFF: There have been reports of contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda that also occurred after bin Laden returned to Afghanistan but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship.
cnnstudentnews.cnn.com /TRANSCRIPTS/0406/21/asb.00.html   (6337 words)

  
 No proof of Iraq, al-Qaeda links: analysts - smh.com.au
The question is whether Saddam Hussein's regime knew who he was and whether it offered him any assistance.
There are also reports that TNT seized from Ansar during one of its assassination attempts on Kurdish officials was produced by the Iraqi military, and that arms are sent to the group from areas controlled by Saddam.
"Yes, we have him telling his family I'm here in Baghdad in hospital, but he's not saying: 'And by the way, I'm getting all this help from Saddam'," a well-informed source in Washington said.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2003/01/30/1043804465839.html   (628 words)

  
 TomPaine.com - Consequential Lies
The refrain struck up again on Monday with Cheney claiming that Saddam Hussein had “long established ties” with Al Qaeda.  Cheney offered no details, but the president elaborated the following day, citing “evidence” on ties between Iraq andAl Qaeda operative” Abu Musab al-Zarqawi—evidence the CIA considers inconclusive at best.
As the notion evaporates that the United States could implant democracy in Iraq at gunpoint or that “weapons of mass destruction” will ever be found, the Bush administration has resurrected the argument that Saddam Hussein had longstanding ties to Al Qaeda.
The continual spinning—not only about cosmic issues like Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda and WMD but also more limited episodes like the “Jessica Lynch Story”—constitutes what might be called consequential lies, not only for what they do to U.S. credibility, but also for the effect that have day to day on the ground in Iraq.
www.tompaine.com /articles/consequential_lies.php   (644 words)

  
 www.GovExec.com - Iraq-al Qaeda links weak, say former Bush officials (8/8/03)
In perhaps the boldest assertion before the war, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld on September 27 stated that the administration had several "bullet-proof" sentences in intelligence reports about ties between Iraq under Saddam and al Qaeda.
But on the links between al Qaeda and Iraq, he said only that David Kay, the former U.N. weapons inspector now in Iraq looking for evidence of weapons of mass destruction, was also going through piles of documents to look for such links.
"Anyone who followed al Qaeda for a living would not have considered Iraq to be in the top tier of countries to be worried about," said Roger Cressey, who left the administration last fall after working on counterterrorism issues at the National Security Council and as a top aide to cyberterrorism czar Richard Clarke.
www.govexec.com /dailyfed/0803/080803nj2.htm   (1528 words)

  
 Who did it? Foreign Report presents an alternative view
Experts on Iraq and Saddam Hussein also believe that Iraq was the state behind the two terror masterminds.
However, they believe the chief of the Iraqi SSO is Qusai Hussein, the dictator’s son, and his organisation is the most likely to have been involved.
A year later, in a combined CIA/Mossad operation, a powerful car bomb went off at the entrance to the house of Hizbullah’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah.
www.janes.com /security/international_security/news/fr/fr010919_1_n.shtml   (1043 words)

  
 Washingtonpost.com: Live Online
That goal obviously was not reached, and Saddam took the wrong message, that we were not bothered by his use of chemical weapons.
However, one of his main objectives was to establish direct contact between President Reagan and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein -- he carried a letter from Reagan to Saddam to further this process.
The National Security Archive at George Washington University has published a series of declassified U.S. documents detailing the U.S. embrace of Saddam Hussein in the early 1980’s.
discuss.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/zforum/03/sp_world_battle022703.htm   (1738 words)

  
 CNN.com - Transcript Part I: Cheney, Edwards spar over Iraq policies - Oct 5, 2004
Concern about Iraq specifically focused on the fact that Saddam Hussein had been, for years, listed on the state sponsor of terror, that they he had established relationships with Abu Nidal, who operated out of Baghdad; he paid $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers; and he had an established relationship with al Qaeda.
Question 1 -- The report you requested said there was no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.
Had they had time to do their job, they would have discovered what we now know, that in fact Saddam Hussein had no weapons, that in fact Saddam Hussein has no connection with 9/11, that in fact Saddam Hussein has little or no connection with al Qaeda.
www.cnn.com /2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/05/debate.transcript/index.html   (5347 words)

  
 Bush repeats vow to strike terrorists - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - June 19, 2004
FORT LEWIS, Wash. — President Bush, under fire from critics who say he exaggerated ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, yesterday reiterated his post-September 11 doctrine that warns states harboring terrorists that they are subject to attack.
"The vice president is saying, I think, that there were connections between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's government.
Many news media outlets reported the findings of the commission examining the September 11 attacks as debunking links between Saddam and al Qaeda, but the commission's two chairmen said that coverage was wrong.
www.washtimes.com /national/20040618-102500-7581r.htm   (498 words)

  
 Cheney Is Adamant on Iraq 'Evidence'
WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney revived two controversial assertions about the war in Iraq on Thursday, declaring there was "overwhelming evidence" that Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Al Qaeda and that two trailers discovered after the war were proof of Iraq's biological weapons programs.
U.S. intelligence officials agree that there was contact between Hussein's agents and Al Qaeda members as far back as a decade ago and that operatives with ties to Al Qaeda had at times found safe haven in Iraq.
“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.
www.commondreams.org /headlines04/0123-02.htm   (1834 words)

  
 Teachable Moment -
Likely reports would be about Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian and India-Pakistan conflicts, Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, and Iraq.
The U.S. is deeply opposed to the rule of Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq, and charges that he may possess weapons of mass destruction.
But many Muslims argue that the boycott is wrong because it does little harm to Saddam Hussein, while resulting in the deaths of Iraqi children and other innocent people.
www.teachablemoment.org /high/islam.html   (7224 words)

  
 Saddam Hussein Public Enemy Number One?
The Saudis, the primary financial backers of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and likeminded terrorist groups, were delivered a sucker punch by Iraq - a blow that would have never even been contemplated by the Americans or Israelis.
It has just named Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abd Al-Aziz Al Saud, the former head of Saudi intelligence and the man who not only helped spawn Al Qaeda and the Taliban but who met with Bin Laden in Afghanistan as late as 1998, as its new ambassador to the Court of St. James.
To send a person who broke bread with Bin Laden to London, the city that hosts the greatest number of Al Qaeda members and sympathizers outside the Islamic world, once again shows the true colors of the Saudis.
www.workinsaudi.com /saddam.htm   (1032 words)

  
 PBS - frontline: gunning for saddam: interviews: sabah khodada
It should also be noted that he and other defectors interviewed for this report were brought to FRONTLINE's attention by the Iraqi National Congress (INC), a dissident organization that was working to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
But there was also parades, military parades, and they will show off Saddam wearing this explosive around themselves with their masks on.
Nobody came and told us, "This is Al Qaeda people," but I know there were some Saudis, there were some Afghanis.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/gunning/interviews/khodada.html   (3904 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Bush repeats there was an Iraq, al-Qaeda alliance
WASHINGTON — President Bush repeated his assertion Thursday that there was a relationship between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaeda terrorist network.
The commission said there is "no credible evidence" that Saddam helped al-Qaeda plan and train for attacks against the United States.
"This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al-Qaeda," Bush said.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2004-06-17-panel-bush_x.htm   (586 words)

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