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The terror connection

Posted by Richard on January 13, 2006

While you were reading story after story about how Saddam was a secularist who’d never cooperate with radical Islamists and how there was absolutely no connection between Iraq and terrorist networks, a funny thing was happening at the Defense Intelligence Agency: they were translating some of the millions of government documents seized in Iraq. A mere handful, really — about 50,000 out of 2 million "exploitable items" (documents, tapes, floppy discs, hard drives, etc.) have been examined and translated. Some of them touch on the subject of terrorists in Iraq:

THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.

The secret training took place primarily at three camps–in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak–and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria’s GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis.

Read the whole thing. Then start writing the prominent opponents of the Iraq invasion and ask them when they’ll apologize for their many  false and slanderous statements on this issue.

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