Topic: World war i newspaper articles
July 16, 2019 / By Lucile Question:
The director of intelligence at the Asymmetrical Warfare and Intelligence Center (AWIC), Ryan Mauro reports today:
The lead prosecutor of Saddam Hussein, Ja’far al-Musawi, says that he has seen official documents that prove that his regime was involved with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Last year, a Kurdish newspaper published an Iraqi intelligence document from 2002 referencing a proposed meeting with al-Zawahiri to discuss a “revenge operation” against Saudi Arabia at Saddam Hussein’s request. If previous ties had not been maintained and if there was such hostility between the secularist government of Saddam and al-Qaeda as is assumed, such a plan would never have been hatched by Saddam or been acted upon by his intelligence service.
A source at the Iraq Memory Foundation, which is going through thousands of files to document Saddam Hussein’s reign, has reported that they have seen documents showing a link between Saddam and al-Qaeda. One document dated December 12, 1994, reveals that Uday Hussein received a message from Osama bin Laden via a Sudanese politician requesting an alliance. A meeting between bin Laden, an Iraqi government representative, and the Sudanese official then happened on January 11, 1995, where cooperation in attacking foreign forces in Saudi Arabia was discussed. The foundation said another file shows that Iraqi intelligence suggested to bin Laden that he leave Sudan for security reasons and that the ties continued after he moved to Afghanistan. Another document dated March 28, 1992, describes bin Laden as being “in a good relationship” with Iraqi intelligence in Syria. Other documents have provided immense detail of the Saddam-terror connection.
Iyad Allawi, the former prime minister of Iraq, said that his government collected proof of such ties. He said that Ayman al-Zawahiri attended the Popular Islamic Conference in Baghdad in 1999, an event chaired by the Iraqi vice president that brought together representatives of terrorist groups from around the world. Allawi said that Iraqi intelligence facilitated the travel of Ansar al-Islam operatives in the north, and he confirmed that the U.S. gave intelligence to Iraq via Jordan about the location of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq in 2002, but the Iraqis did not take any action.
Mark Eichenlaub of RegimeOfTerror.com did an interview this summer with Matthew Degn, a former senior advisor to the Iraqi Interior Ministry and a U.S. Army civilian interrogator, about this topic. Degn said that Saddam’s government used the hawala system, which is an unofficial banking system involving a network of brokers to transfer funds with no documentation, to fund elements of al-Qaeda that were willing to work across ideological lines. Degn said that al-Qaeda had at least two training camps in Iraq, specifically in Anbar Province and the western part of the country, and that at least two cells operated, one loyal to Zarqawi and another to Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Degn also said there is evidence that Iraq sponsored attacks on American forces in Kuwait.
This is supported by the testimony of a captured terrorist who said in 2005 that al-Qaeda had a camp in Fallujah before the war began. A Time magazine article from 2003 reports that an Ansar al-Islam document describes one terrorist has having met with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Baghdad shortly before the war in Iraq started. In July 2008, I interviewed Don Bordenkircher, the former national director of prison and jail operations in Iraq. He said that detainees he spoke with confirmed that forces under the command of Uday Hussein gave al-Qaeda members shelter and training and that the terrorist group was able to operate in parts of Iraq under government control, specifically in Mosul and Kirkuk. Additional testimony exists to show that al-Qaeda was in Iraq prior to the war.
While I am somewhat distressed by the answers so far -- those that ignore the clear links between Saddam and Al Queda, I am in line with the comments in re the CIA.
The CIA should be privatized as should much of the the on-the-ground work of our Army, Navy and Air Force today. That is we should use a lot MORE private military forces, under their own private motives -- which would be trade and commerce. As the years have shown the CIA's actions in the moment often have a very sad long term counter effect -- viz Carter's Iran and Iran today and the American public's confusion over the real danger of Saddam, and even the Taliban because of their CIA links.
Kaycee | 2 days ago
al qaeda = al CIA duh
...and EVERYONE has links to the CIA! Especially brutal dictators who use American weapons against their enemies.
So in a way, you're right! Saddam was dealing with Al-Qaeda during the 1980s.
Originally Answered: Argument on Saddam Hussein?
He was a totalitarian brutal dictator who was useful to US foreign policy for a time. Then he became too megalomaniacal, started acting against US interests, even threatening the US.
Like many dictators, he had a sense of what he could get a way with, and how what he wanted could fit in with what he could get out of the big powers. After ~1990, though, he started to loose his head, really get lost in his ego, and started making bigger and bigger misjudgments. Invading Kuwait was a big one. After that, he was getting support from some neighbors, and maintaining internal support, by defying the US. His fatal mistake was not realizing that 9/11 changed the equation.
The US needed a big fat stationary target to go after, and he was it. Hitting the terrorists in Afghanistan wasn't definitive enough. We had a big conventional military. He had a very large conventional military - probably the largest outside of the major powers.
Don't get caught up on the WMD/nuke controversy in your paper. What it really came down to was that Iraq was a large country with fairly widespread industrial and scientific capacity. Any country with a real pharmaceutical and chemical industry is perpetually a potential source of Chemical and bio weapons. Saddam was viewed as unstable, uncontrollable, and too dangerous, at the head of such a nation. He was too far lost in playing a power game with the US.
our CIA probably has some meetings with members of terrorist organizations too...
is the CIA linked to terrorists?
all you're proving here is that they may have met... one guy saw one thing... where are these memos?
and there are camps for anti-goverment militas in the U.S. right now... is the U.S. government in charge of those militas?
you're basically bringing every shred of evidence you have to the table, whether it makes any concrete links or not... and saying "hey, something must have been going on since they had some sort of relations"...
The Bush family ushered the Bin Laden family out of the US after 9/11...does that mean Bush had ties to Al Qaeda since he aided his families plight out of the US? Hmmm... I'd have to say the connection to Bush seems more tenable...
i'm sure if you can link Obama to Hitler anything is possible but the senate investigation after receiving unclassified documents proved there was no link...