Skip to comments.Documents confirm Saddam Hussein government knew Zarqawi headed Al Qaeda cell in Iraq in August 2002
Posted on 03/17/2006 7:44:21 AM PST by Calpernia
March 17, 2006: Documents confirm Saddam Hussein government knew Zarqawi headed Al Qaeda cell in Iraq in August 2002
Documents released Thursday by the US government show that less than a year after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Saddam Husseins government had identified at least one active Al Qaeda cell in his country.
Among the Iraqi documents collected by U.S. intelligence during the Iraq war amd released Thursday is a document, released only in Arabic, which the US government describes as follows:
2002 Iraqi Intelligence Correspondence concerning the presence of al-Qaida Members in Iraq. Correspondence between IRS members on a suspicion, later confirmed, of the presence of an Al-Qaeda terrorist group. Moreover, it includes photos and names.
A translation of the document shows that the Al Qaeda terrorist that Saddam Husseins government had identified was none other than Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who emerged as one of the leading terrorists in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
The document, dated August 17, 2002, identifies the Al Qaeda member as Ahmed Fadil Nizal Al Khalaylah, the real name of Zarqawi, and includes a series of photos of Zarqawi. (See link at http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/documents-docex/Iraq/ISGZ-2004-019920.pdf)
A memo within the document shows that as early August 8, 2002, Zarqawi was identified as a member of Tanzeem al Qaeda, or the Al Qaeda Organization.
This document provides startling documentation that at the very least that Saddam Husseins government knew that Al Qaeda was active and functioning in Iraq.
Although the document goes on to outline activities of the group, there is no indication that the Iraqi government took any steps to stop Al Qaeda from operating within Iraq, in clear defiance of international law.
Text of the document in English translated from Arabic.
In the Name of God the Merciful
Presidency of the Republic
To the respectful Mr. M.A.M
Our source in Afghanistan No 11002 (for information about him see attachment 1) provided us with information that that Afghani Consul Ahmad Dahestani (for information about him see attachment 2) told him the following:
1. That Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan are in contact with Iraq and it that previously a group from Taliban and Osama Bin Laden group visited Iraq.
2. That America has proof that the government of Iraq and Osama Bin Laden group have shown cooperation to hit target within America.
3. That in case it is proven the involvement of Osama Bin Laden group and the Taliban in these destructive operations it is possible that American will conduct strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. That the Afghani Consul heard about the subject of Iraq relation with Osama Bin Laden group during his stay in Iran.
5. In light of this we suggest to write to the Commission of the above information.
Please view Yours With regards
Signature: , Initials : A.M.M, 15/9/2001
Foot note: Immediately send to the Chairman of Commission
OK, get ready, CBS will publish a statement saying that unless someone can prove the documents are not fakes, the information is false!!!! LMFAO !!!!
but Democrats tell us that Al-Qaida and other terrorsists were everywhere in the world EXCEPT Iraq because Sadaam was a secular ruler. How can this be?
Documents confirm Saddam Hussein government knew Zarqawi headed Al Qaeda cell in Iraq in August 2002
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Will someone out there tell the Bush administration that as enough of these documents start rolling out that it might be a wise idea to hold a live address and put forward the evidence themselves instead of relying on the media to distort it to the point that Saddam Hussein was taking pictures of Zarqawi to create wanted posters to distribute through tht Arab world?
GWB should get on prime time TV talking about this. I have no doubt clinton would do it if he thought it would help him.
I can just imagine Mr Bush sounding like one of my old Catholic elementary school teachers saying "See? So sister wasn't telling stories!" ;)
Why? Let the bloggers do it. We have 2 translators right here doing an awesome job. Let them get the congrats they deserve.
This way, it isn't made into a political football.
I hope he does. I can't help but think his latest tour to talk about the Iraq war again is timed to go along with this.
It is very compelling evidence isn't it.
Clinton's reputation for good PR comes from the fact that the entire NY, DC, Hollywood, and Academia shilled for him.
This President does not have that luxury.
Any of his statements would be disputed, and he would be accused of lying, and the public will buy anything the MSM says.
Well said Roses.
I'm sure this will be all over the MSM...
It says Ahmed Fadil Nazil al Khalaylah - which is the Zarqawi's real name.
Exactly. Clinton had press talking points Faxed out to the MSM by Carville, Begala, etc. to parallel any topic he wanted to address. They ran with stories supporting pretty much any claim he wanted to make orally.
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