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The Osama-Saddam Link Confirmed
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 20, 2005 | Captain'sQuartersBlog.com

Posted on 06/20/2005 12:05:35 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative

While Western press agencies continue to report years-old allegations of Qu'ran abuse from detainees as if they were new, the Exempt Media completely missed important corroboration from Iraq's new government that Saddam sheltered and even encouraged al-Qaeda terrorists during his reign of terror. CQ reader Jason Smith at Generation Why? notes this revelation from the Italian news portal AKI which confirms that Saddam's regime sponsored an Islamist conference and specifically invited AQ's #2 man and Zarqawi to attend:

The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. In an interview, Allawi made public information discovered by the Iraqi secret service in the archives of the Saddam Hussein regime, which sheds light on the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the Islamic terrorist network. He also said that both al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in the same period.

"Al-Zawahiri was summoned by Izza Ibrahim Al-Douri – then deputy head of the council of the leadership of the revolution - to take part in the congress, along with some 150 other Islamic figures from 50 Muslim countries," Allawi said.

According to Allawi, important information has been gathered regarding the presence of another key terrorist figure operating in Iraq - the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"The Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi entered Iraq secretly in the same period," Allawi affirmed, "and began to form a terrorist cell, even though the Iraqi services do not have precise information on his entry into the country," he said.

Last week, King Abdullah told a Saudi newspaper that the Jordanians knew Saddam to be sheltering Zarqawi in the last years of the Ba'athist reign of terror and demanded his extradition. Saddam refused to turn Zarqawi over to the Jordanians. Abdullah had been clear on that point; the Ba'athists had not claimed they could not reach him, but that they flatly refused to hand him over.

Last year, Stephen Hayes wrote about the Islamist conference in his book The Connection, which outlined a number of such ties between the Saddam regime and the AQ network, as well as other terrorists. Now that the new Iraqi government has possession of Saddam's old files, they have begun to corroborate Hayes' work. Far from being an enemy to the Islamists, Saddam reached out to the fanatics as an ally in order to covertly support attacks on Western nations, either directly or indirectly. The IIS records that Allawi has on Zawahiri shows that al-Douri -- currently running the ex-Ba'athist insurgency in Iraq -- knew who to contact in order to set up those connections.

Does the Exempt Media report this? Not to my knowledge. They have already set their story line on Saddam and terrorism, and they apparently have no interest in evidence that contradicts it. The media, however, stands willing to report every captured terrorist's claims of abuse as gospel truth, as well as the Amnesty International's hyperbolic rhetoric proclaiming the Gitmo detention center -- which houses illegal combatants captured in battle -- as the equivalent of the Soviet gulag. Small wonder the public continues to lose confidence in the integrity and the objectivity of American media outlets.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911wasaninsidejob; alqaeda; alqaedaandiraq; cary; iraq; michaelmoore; osama; saddam; wariniraq; waronterror; waronterrorisajoke; zawahiri
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1 posted on 06/20/2005 12:05:35 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

What a suprise


2 posted on 06/20/2005 12:06:58 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: West Coast Conservative

bump


3 posted on 06/20/2005 12:08:48 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: West Coast Conservative

No big surprise here, but the MSM wouldn't report it honestly if there were pictures of Osama and Saddam side-by-side at a camel-screw.


4 posted on 06/20/2005 12:09:03 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
They believe that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Of course there were connections.

-Eric

5 posted on 06/20/2005 12:09:12 PM PDT by E Rocc (If God is watching us, we can at least try to be entertaining)
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6 posted on 06/20/2005 12:09:28 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Can't wait to see this lead on CBS tonight, and wait, and wait.


7 posted on 06/20/2005 12:09:52 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: West Coast Conservative

Saddam was a nice leader.
Life in Iraq was idyllic.
Electricity and clean water were abundant.
Kite-flying was the national pastime.
Saddam hated terrorists, especially Osama.
George Bush lied, people died.


8 posted on 06/20/2005 12:09:54 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Send Bolton to the UN!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

To the right, no further evidence is required. To the America hating left, no amount of evidence will suffice.


9 posted on 06/20/2005 12:10:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Yes, but Saddam himself said that he doesn't know Osama.


10 posted on 06/20/2005 12:12:56 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Three guys walked into a bar. The fourth one ducked.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Ordinary claims require Extraordinary evidence........


11 posted on 06/20/2005 12:13:09 PM PDT by Red Badger (The Army makes the world safe for democracy. The Marines make the world safe for the Army.....)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BTTT


12 posted on 06/20/2005 12:13:50 PM PDT by RushCrush (More people died in Teddy's Oldsmobile than have died at Gitmo.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Not to distrust the source, but the CIA (yes our government run spy agency) has long debunked the rumor that Zaqari (whatever) and Saddam were buddies.


13 posted on 06/20/2005 12:14:58 PM PDT by Greenback_dollar
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To: West Coast Conservative

Whole bunch of bad guys named Al. I say we nuke the whole place from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...


14 posted on 06/20/2005 12:15:58 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Semper Paratus
Can't wait to see this lead on CBS tonight,

(((((CRICKETS CHIRPING...))))

15 posted on 06/20/2005 12:16:03 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: RushCrush
More people died in Teddy's Oldsmobile than have died at Gitmo.

Great tagline!

16 posted on 06/20/2005 12:18:49 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier
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17 posted on 06/20/2005 12:19:15 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (W moich zainteresowaniach naukowych fascynowała mnie zawsze prawda o człowieku: ta objawiona i ta na)
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To: MassachusettsGOP; Blood of Tyrants; Greenback_dollar; E Rocc; RushCrush; King Prout; SunkenCiv

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18 posted on 06/20/2005 12:19:19 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham (,)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Perhaps we should look closer at that Michael Moore propaganda about kite flying in Iraq...it just may well have been Al Qaeda in the background. Wouldn't that be ironic!
19 posted on 06/20/2005 12:20:45 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Peach

Link "ping"


20 posted on 06/20/2005 12:22:03 PM PDT by My2Cents
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