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On The Saddam - bin Laden Connections

Published by FrontPage Magazine Friday is an incredibly detailed article by Mark Eichenlaub titled The Saddam-Osama Connection: The Terrorist Testimony. In it, Eichenlaub offers up over thirty items (some with multiple references), each either a terrorist and/or an Iraqi officer detailing the connections they have known.

They begin:

· “Abu Mohammed,” a former colonel of Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen fighters, told reporters long ago that Iraq was training terrorists, including al-Qaeda. Gwynne Roberts, Sunday Times, July 14, 2002

· Iraqi soldiers, captured during the early phases of the war on Iraq in 2003, revealed that al-Qaeda terrorists were present inside Iraq fighting alongside Iraqi troops Gethin Chamberlain, The Scotsman, 10-28-03

· Hamsiraji Sali, Commander of the al-Qaeda affiliate Abu Sayyaf, admitted receiving $20,000 dollars a year from Iraq. Marc Lerner, Washington Times, 3-4-03

· Salah Suleiman, revealed that he was a former Iraqi Intelligence officer, captured on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border shuttling between Iraq and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Janes Foreign Report, 9-19-01

· Jamal al-Qurairy, a former General in Iraq’s Mukhabarat, who defected years ago, said “that [is] ours” immediately after seeing 9/11 attacks.
David Rose, Vanity Fair, Feb. 2003, and David Rose, The Observer, 3-16-03

· Abbas al-Janabai, a personal assistant to Uday Hussein for 15 years, has repeatedly stated that there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden that included training terrorists at various camps in Iraq.
CNN, 7-23-2003
Gwynne Roberts, Sunday Times, July 14,2002
Richard Miniter, TechCentralStation, 9-25-03

· Two Moroccan associates of Osama bin Laden, arrested in Rabat in Nov 98, confirmed that Col Khairallah al-Tikriti, the brother of Iraq’s top Intelligence official (Mukhabarat), was the case officer in charge of operations with al-Qaeda in Kashmir and Manila
Jacquard, Roland, In the Name of Osama Bin Laden, Duke University Press, 2002, pg.112

There are many more listed by Mark Eichenlaub. Those who remain steadfast that there was no connection between the Hussein regime and al-Qaeda should consider the multitude of known links detailed in open source. And while Mark openly does not attest to their truthfulness, he asks, "[I]f their testimony is going to admitted, shouldn’t critics also hear the testimony of those in custody who tell a different story?"

There is much more information from testimonies that remain classified. But even considering no more than the connections claimed and available through open source The Saddam-Osama Connection: The Terrorist Testimonylisted in the FrontPage Magazine article, the critic must conclude that they are all lying in order to maintain his or her position.

Short of that, the critic must then be maintaining that any possible connections between the Hussein regime and al-Qaeda are simply not important.