Al-Qaida in Iraq and in US

Searching among today news I see that, while both CNN and Yahoo News are mentioning the anti-war protests there are no references to the discovery of some documents in which it’s proved that Saddam had connexions with Al-Qaida.
LGF linked yesterday to a Michelle Malkin‘s post. The Java Report also posted about this documents yesterday.

In the Name of God the Merciful

Presidency of the Republic

Intelligence Apparatus

To the respectful Mr. M.A.M

Subject: Information

Our source in Afghanistan No 11002 (for information about him see attachment 1) provided us with information that that Afghani Consul Ahmad Dahestani (for information about him see attachment 2) told him the following:

1. That Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan are in contact with Iraq and it that previously a group from Taliban and Osama Bin Laden group visited Iraq.

2. That America has proof that the government of Iraq and Osama Bin Laden group have shown cooperation to hit target within America.

3. That in case it is proven the involvement of Osama Bin Laden group and the Taliban in these destructive operations it is possible that American will conduct strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

4. That the Afghani Consul heard about the subject of Iraq relation with Osama Bin Laden group during his stay in Iran.

5. In light of this we suggest to write to the Commission of the above information.

Please view… Yours… With regards

Signature:……, Initials : A.M.M, 15/9/2001

Foot note: Immediately send to the Chairman of Commission

Signature:………….

Also looks like the Saddam Iraqi intelligence was aware that Al-Zarqaui was in Iraq.

The Astute Blogger also writes upon this subject:

John Negroponte has finally begun releasing the captured Iraqi Intelligence Service papers that the US has held since Baghdad fell almost three years ago, after pressure from the White House and Congress. In one of the first releases by the intelligence chief, the papers reveal that not only did al-Qaeda exist in Iraq before the invasion but that they had an active and successful recruitment program to bring new Iraqi fighters to Afghanistan:

… AQ had established itself in Iraq long before our March 2003 invasion. Moreoever, we have established that they had actively recruited fighters to attack Americans in Afghanistan. Both of those conditions would have warranted our invasion of Iraq as a continuance of the war on terror. After all, we had pledged to go after AQ wherever they had established themselves, and equally as important, we would have to cut off the flow of new fighters into the Afghanistan theater.

… Interestingly, for those who consistently deny that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was in Iraq and working for AQ before the invasion, the document itself has numerous pictures of the bloody terrorists.

These were collected by Iraqi intelligence in connection with their investigation of AQ in 2002. That is a strong indication that Zarqawi had indeed operated in Iraq and that the Iraqis considered him a significant component of AQ.

You can also see The Powerline blog.

Also from the Java Report we are informed that there had been some Al-Qaeda “visitors in California.

The first report describes an interview of the source on Oct. 26, 2001, in Bend, Ore., where Khan lived at the time. The source told agents that during Ramadan in 1999, when Khan was living in Lodi, three Taliban members came to the Lodi Muslim mosque while the source was there and met with members who handled the mosque’s financial affairs.

The source said the trio “traveled around to the other area mosques in Stockton, Yuba City and Live Oak,” apparently on a money-raising mission.

“Source said that a very large amount of money is collected at the various mosques during Ramadan,” the report says.

The source named the three Taliban members as Ayman al-Zawahri, Ahmed Mohammed Hamed and Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed al-Nasser.

This is very worrying. Even if the witness is mistaken about this guys’ identity, the fact that there are “large amounts of money collecte din the USA for Jihad is really a danger. Not only because of the extent of the connexions of mosques with Islamists but also because if there is any damages made to US citizens by terrorists attacks it could be paid with other US citizens.

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