Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Was Osama Bin Ladin in Iraq???? 
A blog which is new to me, Fix4RSO, has found a document that appears to place Osama Bin Ladin in Iraq at some point. It also places Iraq in touch with the Taliban.

In the Name of God the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
Office of the Presidency
Intelligence Service

The Honorable Mr. General Director Manager M5

Subject: Information

Our Afghani source numbered 11002 had provided us with the information on the denotation paper number -1- )

The Afghani Consul Ahmad Dahstani (the information on the denotation paper number (2)) had mentioned in front of him with the followings:

1. Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban Group in Afghanistan were in touch with the Iraqis and that group of the Talibans and Osama Bin Laden had visited Iraq.
2. The United States of America has evidence that the Iraqi government and Osama Bin Laden’s group expressed cooperation among themselves in bombing targets in American.
3. In case Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban were proven to have been involved in carrying out these terrorist operations, it could be possible that the United Stated will attack both Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. The Afghani consul heard about the connection between the Iraqis and the Osama Bin Laden group during his stay in Iran.
5. Upon what has been presented we suggest writing to the Intention Committee with the above information.

Please revise…Your recommendation…With appreciation,

Director, M5/3
15/9/2001 Khalid
Immediately to be
presented to the
Intention Committee President

The date on the memo: September 15th, 2001.

The memo's not a smoking gun of complicity in the 9/11 attacks. But it does tend to corroborate what we already knew: There were all kinds of ties, all kinds of connections, between Bin Ladin and Saddam's regime. Indeed, this memo corroborates the information that we have indicating Zawahiri came to Iraq at the invitation of Ibrahim Izzat Al Douri, in that the contacts between Iraq and the Bin Ladinites were direct and high-level.

I would caveat that with the caution that since the Taliban held power in a nation-state, one would expect a certain amount of communication between Iraq and Afghanistan if they had diplomatic relations with one another.

But there is a difference between rubbing shoulders with a Taliban ambassador in the normal course of one's duties, and entertaining Osama Bin Ladin himself, despite his known terror ties.

I would also characterize the provenance of this information as uncertain, since there is no link to the document itself, and I can't find it using the search function so far.

Nevertheless, it should not come as a surprise to learn that Saddam's hands were filthy.

Splash, out


Here it is:

It is on page 26 of 120.
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