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In a report based on research and interviews by the commission staff, the panel said that bin Laden explored possible cooperation with Saddam even though he opposed the Iraqi leader's secular regime.
A senior Iraqi intelligence official reportedly met with bin Laden in 1994 in Sudan, the panel found, and bin Laden "is said to have requested space to establish training camps, as well as assistance in procuring weapons, but Iraq apparently never responded."
"There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida also occurred after bin Laden had returned to Afghanistan, but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship," the report said. "Two senior Bin Laden associates have adamantly denied that any ties existed between al-Qaida and Iraq."
The panel's findings appear to contradict Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion Monday that Saddam had "long-established ties" with al-Qaida.
While I share some of your frustration on this War on Terror, I have no doubt that Saddam's regime willingly funded, harbored, promoted terrorist activity, and to dismiss this as Bush Administration Propaganda is simply not accepting the factual information that is available.
SOA graduates have included many of the most notorious human rights abusers from Latin America. SOA graduates have led military coups and are responsible for massacres of hundreds of people. Among the SOA's nearly 60,000 graduates are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia. SOA graduates were responsible for the Uraba massacre in Colombia, the El Mozote massacre of 900 civilians in El Salvador, the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the Jesuit massacre in El Salvador, the La Cantuta massacre in Peru, the torture and murder of a UN worker in Chile, and hundreds of other human rights abuses. In September 1996, under intense pressure from religious and grassroots groups, the Pentagon released seven Spanish-language training manuals used at the SOA until 1991. The New York Times reported, "Americans can now read for themselves some of the noxious lessons the United States Army taught thousands of Latin Americans... [The SOA manuals] recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned."
A senior Iraqi intelligence officer reportedly made three visits to Sudan, finally meeting bin Laden in 1994.
Bin Laden is said to have requested space to establish training camps, as well as assistance in procuring weapons, but Iraq apparently never responded.
"There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda also occurred after bin Laden had returned to Afghanistan, but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship," the report said.
Originally posted by Jakomo
Um, how about some links as to how Saddam's regime "funded, harbored and promoted terrorist activity".
IRAQ HAD NO CONNECTION WITH AL QAEDA.
I find most of the people who think that are the same types who think all Arabs are crazy killbots who want to rape your white women and bathe in your blood.
It seems that Seekerof has done more than enough posting of links to satisfy your needs and instead of reposting them all I will just direct you to his thread.
Seems that instead of addressing the real issue at hand for what it is--Saddam(Iraq), Osama(Al Qaeda) links...you are just "spewing" crap that makes no sense, and continues to weaken your dying position. And once again, trying to defend Bush to the death, and blame everything on Clinton and the Democrats
But if you want to believe Al Qaeda is omnipresent, omniscient and there is no evil in wich Al Qaeda is not involved, well, I can't change that childish way of thinking...
News 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.
"In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the Government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq," the indictment said.