Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Osama - Saddam Link

I have to give credit to ABC News. They seem to be the only news source attempting to get the whole story on the war on terror, instead of just picking tid-bits to satisfy an agenda. They have recently been reporting on a number of documents released by the U.S. Government describing many aspects of Saddam Husseins reign that were previously unknown. I wrote about one of these documents in a previous post, but another has caught my attention. It has to do with the relationship between Saddam and Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11. Most of the media downplays the correlation, and they are not even willing to report on these documents. However, ABC is doing so, and here is what the document says:
A newly released pre-war Iraqi document indicates that an official representative of Saddam Hussein's government met with Osama bin Laden in Sudan on February 19, 1995 after approval by Saddam Hussein. Bin Laden asked that Iraq broadcast the lectures of Suleiman al Ouda, a radical Saudi precher, and suggested "carrying out joint operations against foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia. According to the document, Saddam's presidency was informed of the details of the meeting on March 4, 1995 and Saddam agreed to dedicat a program for them on the radio. The document states that further "development of relationship and cooperation between the two parties to be left according to what's open (in the future) based on dialogue and agreement on other way of cooperation." The Sudanese were informed about the agreement to dedicate the program on the radio.

The report then states that "Saudi opposition figure" bin laden had to leave Sudan in July 1996 after it was accused of harboring terrorists. It says information indicated he was in Afghanistan. "The relationship with him is still through the Sudanese. We're currently working on activating this relationship through a new channel in light of his current location," it states.

Whoa. I for one have never believed that Saddam was involved or even knew about the 9/11 attacks prior to their undertaking, but after reading that Im not so sure. One thing I am sure of is, I will never give Saddam Hussein the benefit of the doubt, like some in this country do.

Source ABC News


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