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U.S. tracked top al Qaeda planner's visit to Baghdad
Washington Times ^ | 10/04/02 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 10/03/2002 11:18:30 PM PDT by kattracks

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:57:37 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

A "top 20" al Qaeda planner was in Baghdad several months ago, giving further credence to the Bush administration's assertion of linkage between Saddam Hussein's regime and Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization.

U.S. intelligence agencies have verified reports that Abu Musab Zarqawi met with people in Baghdad in the summer after fleeing Afghanistan when the United States began strikes to dislodge the ruling Taliban and kill al Qaeda members.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alzawahiri; hussein; iraq; zarqawi; zubaydah

1 posted on 10/03/2002 11:18:30 PM PDT by kattracks
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2 posted on 10/03/2002 11:18:59 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Lion's Cub
3 posted on 10/04/2002 3:06:44 AM PDT by piasa
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To: kattracks
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials yesterday sought to discredit reports that Ayman al-Zawahiri, a top aide of bin Laden, had been killed.
Russia's Itar-Tass news agency cited unnamed sources as saying that al-Zawahiri was killed in a special operation carriedout by unidentified individuals in Afghanistan. It did not give any date.
"As far as I know, this is a rumor and nothing more," U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Roger King told Agence France-Presse.
In Washington, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said, "We have nothing to substantiate this information."


4 posted on 10/04/2002 5:47:50 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: piasa
Thanks for the flag.

Speaking of Baghdad, I caught part of an interview on Laura Ingraham on the radio tonight. She was interviewing a reporter, from the National Review, I think--didn't catch the name of the publication for sure. According to him the chief UN inspector, Hans Blix, was handpicked by Hussein to head the delegation.

If such an article turns up here, please flag me to it--and I'll flag you if I find it first. Sounded like he might have had a lot of good background info on these inspectors. Thanks.

5 posted on 10/05/2002 1:59:41 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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