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The Cheney request culminates a week in which the commission said it found no evidence of collaboration between Saddam's Iraq and al-Qaida, while the White House stuck by its position that the two had significant links.
“While there have been contacts between Al Qaeda and the regime in the past it is assessed that any fledgling relationship foundered due to mistrust and incompatible ideology.”
- Report from the British Defense Intelligence Staff agency, February 2003.
“The most intensive searching over the last two years has produced no solid evidence of a co-operative relationship between Saddam Hussein’s government and al Qaeda.”
- Carnegie Endowment, January 2004.
“At various times Al Qaeda people came through Baghdad and in some cases resided there… But we simply did not find any evidence of extensive links with Al Qaeda.”
- David Kay, former head of Iraq survey group, June 14 2004.
“There’s absolutely no evidence that that Iraq was supporting al Qaeda, ever.”
- Former counter terrorism official Richard Clarke, March 21, 2004.
Originally posted by Indy
Where is the evidence that Saddam supplied these guys with tools, money, etc. Where is the paper trail? There has to be some kind of physical evidence.
could have funded this operation.
Originally posted by Phoenix
So I am to believe that Al Qaeda and its affiliates has/had operations in the following countries that even the democrats and liberals will freely acknowedge,
Afganistan, Cheknya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, United States, Canada, Mexico and 47 other nations.
But out of these 60 nations I am to believe Iraq was the one and only exception where there was no Al Qaeda presence before the invasion. That assertion stretchs the imagination to its outer limits.
" * Spanish investigators have uncovered documents seized from Yusuf Galan ? who is charged by a Spanish court with being "directly involved with the preparation and planning" of the Sept. 11 attacks ? that show the terrorist was invited to a party at the Iraqi embassy in Madrid. The invitation used his "al Qaeda nom de guerre."
* An Iraqi defector to Turkey, known by his cover name as "Abu Mohammed," told the Sunday Times of London that he saw bin Laden's fighters in Iraq in 1997. At the time, Mohammed was a colonel in Saddam's Fedayeen. He described an encounter at Salman Pak, the training facility southeast of Baghdad, where militants trained to hijack planes with knives ? on a full-size Boeing 707.
* In 1998, Abbas al-Janabi, a longtime aide to Saddam's son Uday, defected to the West. At the time, he repeatedly told reporters that there was a direct connection between Iraq and al Qaeda. "