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jeff house
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posted 14 January 2004 04:42 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Many will remember that, apart from his possession of WMD, another justification for deposing Saddam was his cooperation with Al Quaeda.

This was prominently mentioned in Colin Powell's prewar address to the United Nations, among other places.

Now, it seems the US has documentary evidence to the contrary:

Saddam Hussein warned his Iraqi supporters to be wary of joining forces with foreign Arab fighters entering Iraq to battle American troops, according to a document found with the former Iraqi leader when he was captured, Bush administration officials said Tuesday.

The document appears to be a directive, written after he lost power, from Mr. Hussein to leaders of the Iraqi resistance, counseling caution against getting too close to Islamic jihadists and other foreign Arabs coming into occupied Iraq, according to American officials.

From: toronto | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 14 January 2004 05:21 PM      Profile for kiowa     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There was no love lost between Al Qaeda and the Ba'athists. But just as the Nazis and the Communists held their noses and cooperated for a time, you can rest assured that the Ba'athists and the jihadists were more than happy to look the other way at each other's differences when it comes to their shared animosity to Western nations.

Abu Nidal was a guest of Saddam for a time. The Ba'athists rubbed him out precisely in order to cover up the fact that they were so heavily involved with Islamist terrorism (they said he committed suicide--apparently by shooting himself in the head six times). Saddam also notoriously funded Islamist terrorism in Palestine.

Having been personally shot at by both Ba'athists and jihadists, and having been present when we captured members of both factions who were fighting alongside each other, I'd say the New York Times is as usual useless as a source of information on Iraq. That is, unless your only goal is to have preconceived notions confirmed. In that case the NYT can't be beat.

[ 14 January 2004: Message edited by: kiowa ]

From: Pax Americana | Registered: Jan 2003  |  IP: Logged
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posted 14 January 2004 05:36 PM      Profile for Jingles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The fact that the Bin Ladens and your President were business partners doesn't bother you at all, does it?

The heavily-documented evidence of the CIAs role in recruiting and training mujahadeen (the very people you claim shoot at you) is no cause for concern?

Nope. They (all muslims) hate our freedom. That's good enough for you.

From: At the Delta of the Alpha and the Omega | Registered: Nov 2002  |  IP: Logged

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