Friday, April 07, 2006

Saddam And The Terrorists

Despite George Clooney's assertions, there is proof that there was a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, among others. Stephen Hayes has done sterling work to examine the connections here and here. The latter link gives us this information-

SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group.

It doesn't end there though. A newly translated document seems to show that Iraq was requesting volunteers from the Iraqi Air Force to take part in suicide missions against American targets-

We ask to provide that Division with the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests and according what is shown below to please review and inform us.

Air Brigadier General

Abdel Magid Hammot Ali

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