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IN JULY 2004, DURING THE COURSE of a little-publicized event while on a visit to Kazakhstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin made some unusual remarks:
I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received . . . information that official organs of Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations.
The top secret letter 2205 of the Military Branch of Al Qadisya on 4/3/2001 announced by the top secret letter 246 from the Command of the military sector of Zi Kar on 8/3/2001 announced to us by the top secret letter 154 from the Command of Ali Military Division on 10/3/2001 we ask to provide that Division with the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests and according what is shown below to please review and inform us.
Putin/Russia was in bed with Iraq, just as they currently seem to be with the Iran situation. Furthermore, I would not be surprised in the least if Russia and Putin were also involved with helping getting rid of (ie: removal/moving, hiding, destroying, etc) Saddam's WMDs just prior to the US-led forces toppling Saddam's regime.
Russia 'warned U.S. about Saddam'
However, Putin said there was no evidence that Saddam's regime was involved in any terrorist attacks.
Originally posted by iskander
Repercussions of getting caught doing something like that would be so severe, that Russian economy would again collapse.
Does not make sense to me, especially considering that the chemical weapons in question were supplied to Saddam by US, and not Russia.
How does hiding/destroying US supplied anthrax help Russia in any way?
Originally posted by Seekerof
At any rate, this does not bode well for counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke and some his claims and assertions:
Richard Clark: Why He's Right About Bush Negligence on Terrorism
Bush Wanted to Bomb Iraq Right After 9/11
Clarke: Iraq Teamed Up With Bin Laden To Produce WMD
President Bush Ignored Terrorism Warnings
[edit on 7-4-2006 by Seekerof]
Originally posted by BitRaiser
I smell inconsitancies here.
First off, the US has been screaming about al Quida from the get go, but did not Osama call upon the Iraqi people to rise up against Saddam in several of his tapes? Fact is Bin Laden is a militant Islamic funamentalist an Saddam was a capitalist. The two ideologies to not mix. They had sentaced eachother to death. People constanly seem to willingly forget this.
Any document found in Iraq post-invasion MUST be suspect. Planting information is a particular favorit ploy that just about all nations like to use. Very easy to "discover" a document you've writen yourself and with your enemy dead and defeated, who's going to claim it's anything by accurate?
In order to solve this problem, I decided to hire two Arabic translators on my own.
I found a translation service, Language 123, that employs a number of translators who work as free agents. The first translator, Nabil Bouitieh, works in the UK as a full-time translator for several government services. He has language certificates from Karl Marx University in Dresden, the German Cultural Center in Damascus, a degree in translation from Polytechnic of Central London, and a Masters of Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London. Separately, I also hired Hamania H, who works from Damascus. She earned several degrees in language at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, including masters in translation, foreign languages, and bachelors in both areas and in law as well.
Neither of them knew that I had asked the other to translate the document. I split out page 6 from the original PDF and sent it to both along with payment. They both returned their translations today, and their results make it clear that Joseph Shahda had it right all along. First, we have Nabil Bouitieh:
Top secret memoranda sent to Al-Kadisseiya Military branch No.2205 dated 04/03/2001 and to the Headquarters of Zee karr military branch No. 246 dated: 08/03/2001 that we were informed by another memo from Ali Unit military branch No. 154 dated: 10/03/2001. We urge you to inform the above mentioned unit of the names of people wishing to volunteer for suicide action to liberate Palestine and strike American interests according to the following below for your information and to let us know.
Now here’s the translation of the same passage from Hamania H:
A confidential letter of Qadisya Military Branch, that holds the number 2205 dated on 4/3/2001, notified upon a confidential letter issued by Thi Kar military command, that holds the number 246 dated on 8/3/2001 and notified to us upon a confidential letter issued by Ali squad military command, that holds the number 154 dated on 20/03/2001. Kindly provide the aforementioned squad with the names of persons desiring to volunteer in the suicidal act in order to liberate Palestine and to strike the American interests in accordance with the following details. You are informed and we therefore expect you to notify us.
You will note that all three translations of this document — performed by three different people working independently of each other — all translate this section almost identically. All three explicitly show that the Iraqi military had ordered a call for volunteers to carry out suicide attacks on American interests, six months before 9/11 and two years almost to the day prior to our invasion.
Source who hired two separate Arabic translators
This confirms that Saddam Hussein and his regime had every intention of attacking the US, either here or abroad or both, using members of their own military for terrorist attacks. That puts an end to all of the arguments about whether we should have attacked Iraq, we now know that Saddam and his military planned to attack us. This one document demonstrates that had we not acted to topple Saddam Hussein, he would have acted to kill Americans around the world.
UPDATE: Why “case closed”? Because this shows that Saddam had recruited suicide bombers to attack American interests — showing that destroying Saddam’s regime is an integral part of the war on terror, not a distraction.
Maybe I'm missing something here, but this just isn't sitting right with me.