More Saddam - Al Qaeda Connections Revealed
Liberal Democrats have been crying for a couple of years now that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda In fact, due to his secular nature, they contend that Saddam would never have cooperated with Islamists. Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard puts together years worth of data ( much of which pre-dates George W. Bush's presidency ) demonstrating that such a connection did exist in his book, The Connection. Today, Frontpage Magazine reports on a recent interview with former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi in which he asserts that Al-Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999! He also said that both al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in the same period.
In Allawi's view, Saddam's government 'sponsored' the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq, coordinating with other terrorists groups, both Arab and Muslim. 'The Iraqi secret services had links to these groups through a person called Faruq Hajizi, later named Iraq's ambassador to Turkey and arrested after the fall of Saddam's regime as he tried to re-enter Iraq. Iraqi secret agents helped terrorists enter the country and directed them to the Ansar al-Islam camps in the Halbija area,' he said.Hmmmmmh. No connection, eeey?!