Kudos again to Ray Robison and Fox News for translating some of the vital documents capotured in Baghdad, recently declassified and and made publicly available for open source translation. Ray and his Iraqi associate "Sammi" have now published their third installment of direct evidence that Saddam's regime was playing footsie and more with the Taliban regime and with Al Qaeda itself. Here is Ray's summary of what has been learned from the IIS (Iraqi Intelligence Service) documents:
We learned that in 1999 the IIS met with three significant leaders of Islamic jhad from Afghanistan: a warlord and Islamic jihadist; an Al Qaeda leader; and, a man known as the 'Father of the Taliban.'
The Saddam regime and Taliban leadership agreed to diplomatic ties and a secret intelligence service relationship. They discussed security cooperation with Hekmatyar's Islamic Jihad group. The Taliban representative also agreed to support the Saddam regime in Pakistan's North—West Frontier, a region sympathetic to and actively involved with the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the world—wide Islamic jihad movement. An Islamist, most likely the Al Qaeda and Taliban affiliated Fazlur Rahman Khalil, promised the support of Bangladesh.
We see a request to the Saddam regime for a training center in Baghdad or Tajikistan from a jihad leader accused by the U.S. State Department during the Clinton Administration of running Islamic extremist training camps.
There is a discussion about transporting something into these centers, including a discussion that appears to mention surface—to—air missiles.
And, we have numerous statements of Islamic fidelity between Afghani jihad leaders and the Saddam regime, with many statements of mutual animosity towards the United States and intent to cooperate.