Saddam and al-Qaeda
The proof has been right in front of you the entire time. Documents available on the internet, which pass the smell test and are probably genuine, show the link between Saddam and al Qaeda.
On October 11th, 2004 an online news service called CNSnews published 42 documents that they claimed came from the Iraq Survey Group. The documents supposedly came from an ISG official who claimed they were captured in Iraq. CNSnews provided this information along with testimony from experts who authenticated the documents to the best of their ability. The story can be found here.
I have no connection to CNSnews. I did not release these documents to anybody while working with ISG or at any other time. But I will now add my name to the list of those who authenticate the documents. I know there is a good chance that these documents are real for three reasons.
The first reason is that I saw thousands of these documents while with ISG, and these look right.
But more than that, I saw the original of one of these documents at the Combined Media Processing Center in Qatar. I can therefore validate one document as having been captured in Iraq — which increases the likelihood that they are all real.
The third reason is that I witnessed an investigation into who released these documents conducted at the CPMC by ISG. If these document were not authentic, why would an investigation have been conducted into who released them?
So what do the documents tell us?
I recommend that you review them, as they contain such interesting nuggets as a program by the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) to hunt down and kill Americans throughout the Middle East and Africa.
But how does this connect Saddam to al—Qaeda?
Look at document 14.
Here is the condensed version. The document is from the IIS and details plans to meet with an official from the 'Egyptian Al—Jehad' via a Sudanese official named Ali Othman Taha. He is called the Vice Chairman of the Islamic Front in Sudan in the memo.
I looked up Ali Othman Taha on wikipedia and it says that he is the Vice President of Sudan.
Who or what is the Egyptian al—Jehad (jihad)?
This from globalsecurity.org:
Egyptian Islamic Jihad
New Jihad Group
Vanguards of Conquest
Egyptian Islamic extremist group active since the late 1970s. Merged with Bin Ladin's al—Qaida organization in June 2001, but may retain some capability to conduct independent operations. Continues to suffer setbacks worldwide, especially after 11 September attacks. Primary goals are to overthrow the Egyptian Government and replace it with an Islamic state and attack US and Israeli interests in Egypt and abroad.
Okay now we know the Egyptian al Jihad is also known as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a name you may have heard in connection to its leader:
Al—Sharif passed the Jihad leadership to Ayman al—Zawahri amid dissent within the movement in the mid 1980's. The al—Zawahri faction subsequently formed an alliance with Al—Qaeda leading over time to the effective merger of the two groups operations inside Afghanistan.
Although al—Zawahri is frequently refered to as a 'lieutenant' or 'second in command' of Al Qaeda this description is misleading as it implies a hierarchical relationship. The modern Al Qaeda organization is the combination of Bin Laden's financial resources with al—Zawahri's ideological and operational leadership. — wikipedia
That's right, Ayman al—Zawahri, one of the talking heads of al—Qaeda who treated us to a new video not so long ago. The Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization combined with Osama Bin Ladin's supporters to form al—Qaeda.
The EIJ is neck deep in al—Qaeda. And this documents shows an EIJ official to be escorted to Baghdad to meet with Saddam Hussein in 1993.
The Institute for Counterterrorism says this about the EIJ:
Since 1993 the group has not conducted an attack inside Egypt. However there have been repeated threats to retaliate against the United States, for its incarceration of Sheikh Umar Abd al—Rahman and, more recently, for the arrests of its members in Albania, Azerbaijan, and the United Kingdom.
In 1993, Sheikh Umar Abd al—Rahman directed the bombing of the world trade center. He is now imprisoned in the U.S.
Now look at document 28.
This document is a continuation of document 27 and in general talks about overturning the Egyptian government and 'providing technical support' presumably to the EIJ in efforts against the Egyptian government and American non—military interests.
So let 's put this in context. Here's what the documents tell us:
On February 26th, 1993 the first world trade center was attacked by al—Qaeda and the EIJ (really two organizations that cooperated in 1993 and eventually merged).
A month later an official from EIJ was meeting with Saddam in Baghdad.
We have a document showing Saddam authorizing the IIS to 'provide technical support' to the EIJ, and by extension, al—Qaeda.
And then al—Qaeda and the EIJ attacked the U.S. on September 11th, 2001 led by an Egyptian Jihadist, Mohammed Atta.
Now you have proof Saddam provided support to the EIJ and by extension al—Qaeda, both of which attacked us on 9/11.
Ray Robison is a Sr. Military Operations Research Analyst with a defense contractor at the Aviation and Missile, Research, Development, Engineering Command in Huntsville, Alabama. His background includes over ten years of military service as an officer and enlisted soldier including the Gulf War and Kosovo operations. Most recently he worked as a contractor for DIA with the Iraqi Survey Group. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology, Pre—med from the University of Tampa and is a graduate of the Combined Arms and Services Staff School.