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Saddam and Abu Sayyaf

Stephen Hayes looks at some of the infromation available from the recently released Iraqi documents in a Weekly Standard column, Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection. In it, he notes (again) the connection between the Hussein regime and Abu Sayyaf.

Security Watchtower has taken a look as well.

Hisham Hussein, the second secretary of the Iraqi Embassy in Manila, was expelled from the Philippines on 13 February 2003 after he was linked to two bombings that killed two people, including an American soldier. Two Indonesian members of Jemaah Islamiyah and a Jordanian with links to Hamas were also involved in the attacks.

Phone records also revealed contacts between Hussein and Abu Sayyaf. He was in fact, continuing tactics first used by Iraq during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, when the IIS plotted attacks against U.S. targets in several nations, including the Philippines.