LOL ... all they need is google ..
I found LOADS of articles from 1998 mentioning the connection
Like this one .. Gosh I love research *L*
Saddam Hussein's regime has opened talks with Osama bin Laden, bringing closer the threat of a terrorist attack using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, according to US intelligence sources and Iraqi opposition officials.
The key meeting took place in the Afghan mountains near Kandahar in late December. The Iraqi delegation was led by Farouk Hijazi, Baghdad's ambassador in Turkey and one of Saddam's most powerful secret policemen, who is thought to have offered Bin Laden asylum in Iraq
Pakistan helped Osama, Iraq didn't: 9/11 panel