Over the past many months a number of interviews, documents, admissions and other revelations have come to light that continue to undermine the notion that al Qaeda and al Qaeda linked groups were not able to operate inside Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein. These findings match up with some of the older and overlooked reports on the hotly contested that may now deserve re-examination.
A study by The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point of al Qaeda documents deemed the "Sinjar Records" indicates that al Qaeda was, in fact, able to operate inside the country during the rule of the former regime. The center also has previously posted internal al Qaeda documents in which al Qaeda members revealed to one another that "some of them went to Saddam" likely in referrence to al Qaeda members fleeing Afghanistan to Iraq.
These documents seem to match the testimony of what a former overseer of Iraqi prisons, Dan Bordenkircher, claims he was told by numerous prisoners. In an interview with Ryan Mauro. Bordenkircher, says that he was told that al Qaeda was not limited to areas beyond Saddam Hussein's control but was Mosul and Kirkuk and received assistance from one of Saddam Hussein's sons.
Osama al Magid, a former police officer in Saddam Hussein's Iraq from 1992-2003, told FrontPage magazine that al Qaeda was protected in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.