The words of Tariq Aziz were lies after all? Who would have thought such a thing?
UNITED NATIONS — In a wide-ranging comprendium on Saddam Hussein’s secret weapons programs, the U.N. Monitoring, Observation, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) reveals that in late 1989, Saddam’s military launched a modified Scud missile that could have carried a nuclear warhead.
In a document released on Thursday, UNMOVIC states:
“In its only test flight on Dec. 5, 1989, the Al Abid space launch vehicle flew for about 45 seconds before encountering (an unidentified) problem. This space launch vehicle consisting of five Scud engines for its first stage had the potential to deliver a payload, including nuclear, to an intercontinental range.”
The issue of Iraqi nuclear missiles had been periodically raised by Russian authorities when it became known that the Al Abid missile had the potential of reaching Moscow.
The missile was also believed capable of reaching as far west as Paris.
Iraq’s deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, repeatedly waved off Western concerns about the missile program.
Now, it has become clear that such concerns were justified.
The 1,160-page report to be examined by the U.N. Security Council on Friday is likely to be the last by the U.N. inspectors. The U.S. and the UK intend to introduce a resolution to disband the inspection unit.
Down from more than 300 personnel, the remaining 34 UNMOVIC staffers had spent most of their time these days analyzing documents they had impounded before Saddam was overthrown in 2003.
Don’t forget to send the Democrat Leadership(?) their condolences cards.
BAGHDAD, June 24 — As the judge pronounced five death sentences on the man Iraqis know as Chemical Ali, the defendant seemed on Sunday to be a shadow of the merciless enforcer who oversaw poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurdish villagers in Iraq’s northern uplands nearly 20 years ago.
At the age of 61, severely weakened by diabetes, the defendant, Ali Hassan al-Majid, leaned heavily on a walking stick for the 18 minutes it took the judge to read guilty verdicts on counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Unlike his cousin Saddam Hussein, whose shouted defiance nearly drowned out the judge who sent him to the gallows last year, Mr. Majid offered no protest until the judge ordered bailiffs to lead him from the iron-ribbed cage that serves as a dock.
“Thanks be to God, now I’m leaving,” he said gruffly, as he turned to limp from the courtroom in the old Baath Party headquarters, a place where his reputation as a man who relished handing out summary sentences to Kurds, Shiites and other supposed enemies of the old government — and overseeing the executions himself, with a ghoulish pleasure evident in official videos — made him almost as feared as Mr. Hussein.
Pool photo by Joseph Eid
The Kurds, who make up 20 percent of Iraq’s population, have long sought justice for the Anfal, or Spoils of War, campaign that scarred their mountainous region.
Chemical Ali and company claimed they were merely attacking Kurdish guerrillas who had sided with Iran in the last stage of the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war. Historians say Saddam wanted to make an example of the rebellious Kurds to show what happened to those who defied his authority.
Majid – Saddam’s main enforcer whom he used to crush dissent – declared thousand of villages “prohibited areas.”
The villages were bombed and razed, and tens of thousands of villagers – including women and children – were slain.
Majid used mustard gas and nerve agents to do the killing, thus earning his grim nickname.
Hat Tip American Patriot
U.S. agent says Iraqis led him to Saddam’s WMD
By William Hargrave
This claim comes from Dave Gaubatz, who served for 12 years as an agent in the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. He says he was “hand-picked” to locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Between March and July 2003, he identified several of Saddam Hussein’s WMD sites in the immediate aftermath of the Iraq invasion.
Where were they? Huge caches were located within the city limits of the southern Iraqi city of Nasariyah, and were also discovered in another location 15 to 20 miles south of Nasariyah between two canals and near Um Qasr in the Basra region 284 miles south of Baghdad.
Some of this information has been published by The Spectator (London), The New York Sun, and other U.S. newspapers and Internet news sites. But the mainstream media have chosen not to inform readers and viewers of the credible reports of WMDs discovered in Iraq.
According to these reports, Saddam’s WMDs were apparently smuggled to Syria, Iran and other destinations under the nose of American forces. The political fallout that would occur from investigation and affirmation of this extremely serious American operational failure with its profound military and geo-strategic implications has apparently helped to keep a lid on this information—until now.
Gaubatz appealed to Congress to investigate his claims. But neither political party wishes to touch the issue for different reasons. The Democrats do not want the public to know that President Bush’s stated reason for invading Iraq might be justified. The Republicans do not want Americans to know that the administration’s military command failed to stop what may have been the biggest WMD transfer of all time.
The issue is, as The Spectator put it, “an axis of embarrassment.”
At the start of the 2003 invasion, Gaubatz was sent to Nasariyah to locate possible WMD sites and ascertain threats to U.S. interests in the area. Fluent in Arabic, Gaubatz was able to meet numerous locals who told him he had struck gold: the WMDs were actually close by in farms and marshes. Some were buried in concrete bunkers 20-30 feet beneath the Euphrates River. These were vaults with 5-foot-thick concrete walls beneath the river bed.
“These were under 25 feet of water,” Gaubatz said in an interview with Insight. “Saddam didn’t care about poisoning the water of southern Iraq.”
“They took us to the sites, we took photos and grid coordinates,” he said. “The missile imprints were still in the sand. Based on the detail they provided and what was confirmed by others, I felt 100 percent confident WMDs were at the locations identified. The Iraqis told us we must either excavate the sites and remove the WMDs or our enemies would.”
Along with Gaubatz, a group of U.S. Office of Special Investigations (OSI) agents visited the sites and got what his doctor later told him was radiation sickness from all the contaminants in the air and the water.
The U.S., however, did not investigate these locations. Other nations did.
The failure to find significant stockpiles of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons has proved a massive public relations problem for the Americans and the British, whose intelligence indicating that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did possess WMD stockpiles was one of their primary justifications for the invasion of Iraq.
How credible is the source?
“Mr. Gaubatz is not some marginal figure,” said Melanie Phillips, a columnist for London’s Daily Mail newspaper, in a recent piece on Saddam’s secret WMD bunkers for The Spectator, a weekly British conservative magazine. “He’s pretty well as near to the horse’s mouth as you can get.”
Gaubatz is a sandy-haired man who’s been stationed as a federal agent at nuclear sites stateside and then as a U.S. Air Force special agent overseas. He is widely regarded as one of America’s most capable and experienced intelligence officials. According to Phillips, Gaubatz was decorated in 2001 for being the “lead agent in a classified investigation, arguably the most sensitive counter-intelligence investigation currently in the entire Department of Defense.” Because his “reports were such high quality, many were published in the Air Force’s daily threat product for senior USAF leaders or re-transmitted at the national level to all security agencies in the U.S. government.”
After 20 years on active duty service in counterintelligence work (12 of them as an OSI agent), he retired, and then obtained a position as a civilian Federal Agent with the Air Force (OSI). He was specifically chosen to go to Nasariyah in Iraq to locate Saddam’s WMD sites and discover threats to U.S. forces in the area. He saw mass Shi’ite graves of women holding their babies in their arms. He met Muslims who told him they were being recruited for terrorist cells. Every time he stumbled on a factoid, he sent a memo to the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), a group of more than 1,000 Americans, Brits and Australians whose job it was back in 2003 to locate the WMDs.
Between March and July 2003, Gaubatz says he was taken by local Iraqis to four suspected WMD sites — two within Nasariyah, one just south of the city, and another one near Basra. He says Iraqi sources told him the sites contained biological and chemical weapons, missiles and material for a nuclear program. Gaubatz said he was sure he found the WMD sites because the Iraqi government had obviously gone to considerable lengths to conceal the bunkers. Three of the bunkers were buried 20 to 30 feet under the Euphrates River.
Gaubatz was told by American environmental engineers that the parts of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers near the sites showed abnormally high radiation levels. Gaubatz and his team had also been exposed to radioactive substances and he still suffers unexplained headaches and nausea.
Gaubatz asked his superiors for heavy equipment to be brought in from Kuwait so the bunkers could be excavated. The response was that there weren’t enough soldiers available to secure them.
“People were putting their lives on the line showing us those sites,” he said, adding that some of his informants have since been kidnapped, tortured, and then killed. “But they [the superiors] told me they didn’t have the manpower or equipment to do so, plus it wasn’t safe. Well, war is never safe.”
Moreover, the conventional understanding was that the WMDs were further to the north. Gaubatz had already sent some 60 classified intelligence reports to Prince Sultan Air Base, an American base in Saudi Arabia. When he returned to the United States, he contacted two Republican congressmen: Reps. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan and Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania. Interested, they tried to follow up on his information by accessing the 60 intelligence reports. But not only had all the reports Gaubatz had sent to Saudi Arabia mysteriously disappeared, their intended audience, the ISG, never saw them. The congressmen tried extracting information from the Defense Department and the CIA as to how this was allowed to happen, but were stonewalled.
Gaubatz has since learned the sites have been looted and an unknown amount of the weapons carried off. Now, he says, the U.S. has an even more difficult task: Figuring out exactly where the WMDs are and proving they were transported there from Iraq. He says the WMDs were there for the finding not so long ago, but the U.S military totally underestimated what it would take to locate them.
“There weren’t enough soldiers to secure the borders, much less exploit the sites,” he said.
“The Americans were not prepared. They were overwhelmed. It was a Katrina of war,” Gaubatz said, referring to the massive August 2005 hurricane that wiped out much of New Orleans.
“We witnessed thousands of Iranians pouring into southern Iraq,” he said. “We were told by Iraqis the Iranians’ intent was to initiate a civil war.”
Gaubatz says his team “immediately” reported this important intelligence to the Pentagon and the CIA, but “it was never followed up on.”
“The Iranians were taking over Shi’ite-dominated southern Iraq,” he said.
Internet news sites cited reports in 2003 that U.S. intelligence believed Saddam’s WMDs were moved west to Lebanon’s heavily fortified Bekaa Valley, a beehive of Hezbollah forces, Iranians and Syrians. Also, prominent Washington journalist Bill Gertz has reported on the stream of tractor-trailer trucks the CIA spotted moving from Iraq to Lebanon via Syria in early 2003. Russian military advisors and special forces helped move the poison gas components, missile parts, nuclear-related equipment, tank and aircraft parts. Some of the WMDs could have also been trucked eastward into Iran. Why were the Russians so anxious to get the incriminating materials out before the Americans arrived? Perhaps because much of it was manufactured by them or Eastern European nations such as Ukraine, Bulgaria and Belarus.
Oddly, the United States has not publicized this huge arms transfer. Gertz reported that John Shaw, a deputy undersecretary of state who in October 2004 leaked information to the media of Russia’s involvement in the truck convoys, was forced to resign on Dec. 10 of that year. The reason: “exceeding his authority” in releasing the information, according to the Pentagon.
Gaubatz says that, while in Iraq, he was continuously mistaken by locals for being a Russian. This was because prior to the U.S. invasion, the locals said they saw numerous Russians coming in and out of the area.
The likelihood that WMDs were successfully spirited out of Iraq was also addressed in a 2006 book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” by former Iraqi fighter pilot and Gen. Georges Sada. He says not only were many of the WMDs driven out in large 18-wheeler trucks to Syria, but some WMDs were also flown out.
“I know the names of some of those who were involved in smuggling WMDs out of Iraq in 2002 and 2003,” Sada wrote. “I know the names of officers from the front company, SES, who received the weapons from Saddam. I know how and when they were transported and shipped out of Iraq. And I know how many aircraft were actually used and what types of planes they were.”
Gaubatz has learned through his Iraqi sources that some time after his 2003 visit, someone brought in heavy equipment and got the weapons out of the Euphrates bunkers and other nearby sites. With notebooks showing the site coordinates in hand, he meticulously makes his case.
“Take me back to those sites and let’s see what’s there now,” he says. “It won’t be a popular thing to say the enemy has taken these WMDs. You’d at least find the footprints: labs and storage.”
“I have been informed by Israeli intelligence and learned through British intelligence that the intelligence on WMDs our team provided in 2003 was accurate,” he said.
Gaubatz almost got a chance to go back a year ago when then-Congressman Curt Weldon expressed interest in visiting the sites. About nine Iraqis who had helped Gaubatz locate the sites had been given asylum in the U.S. after word leaked out that they were helping the Americans. According to e-mails showing correspondence between him and Weldon’s chief of staff, Russ Caso, Weldon met with some of these Iraqis. His office then thought up a plan: Weldon and Hoekstra, who was then the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, would travel to Iraq on a junket, but detour to a WMD site. If they could get the military to produce some heavy equipment and security, Weldon would be present during the excavations. If nothing was found, the trip would remain secret. If WMDs were found, the congressmen would alert the media that they had happened upon the strategic sites.
Then Gaubatz got word that Weldon did not want to alert rival Democrats, the Pentagon or even intelligence officials about the trip. He backed out.
“It was going to be this big private trip,” Gaubatz said, “but they were offering no protection for the Iraqi witnesses.”
Weldon, who lost his election race in 2006, now heads up a company called Defense Solutions. He did not respond to e-mails and phone calls from Insight. Neither did former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who had previously spoken out about the presence of WMDs in Iraq. A spokesman for Hoekstra referred all calls to the House Intelligence Committee, whose spokesman, Jamal Ware, also declined to respond to questions.
Gaubatz is disturbed by what he sees as a government effort to bury the story. He reports being interviewed in March by talk show host Glenn Beck for a one-hour segment to appear on CNN’s Headline News. Gaubatz was with an Iraqi contact for the show. The Iraqi, who was part of the federal witness protection program, got calls from the FBI telling him they should stop the interview from being broadcast. The interview was not shown. Gaubatz says the FBI used security concerns as a justification for leaning on Beck’s people, but the Iraqi had spoken out on these issues before and there had been no problems.
The real problem was, Gaubatz says, that “with me and the Iraqi source going public about this, it would open a can of worms on the WMD issue. Weldon and Russ Caso [Weldon’s chief of staff] keep on telling me not to anger the wrong people.”
Gaubatz rues the fact that many people in Iraq — Americans and Iraqis alike — have risked their lives to reveal priceless intelligence information to U.S. policymakers. But in the sieve that is America’s intelligence apparatus, the most important information gets filtered out so that the president and members of Congress have critical gaps in understanding events on the ground. Weldon and Hoekstra, Gaubatz said, had no idea that WMDs were sitting in Iraq waiting to be found until he took the initiative to approach them.
“I was hand-picked to go to Iraq and locate WMD sites,” Gaubatz says. “The sites at a minimum should have been searched when I and my team identified them. I put my life on the line everyday to go out into Iraq. Many troops did lose their lives. If one of the primary reasons we went to war was because of Saddam having WMDs, we should have done our jobs and excavated the sites before our enemy did.”
One congressman who supports Gaubatz on the record is Rep. Virgil Goode, a Republican whose U.S. House seat represents a district in southern Virginia where Gaubatz grew up. In an interview, Goode says he remembered mentioning WMDs to the House Intelligence Committee, but his inquiries—like so many—went nowhere.
“I believe he saw something,” Goode said of Gaubatz. “I think a whole lot of members of Congress have bought the national news media line that there were no WMDs there.”
Four years into the war, Gaubatz says, “The Republicans want to forget this. They don’t want to know if there were WMDs because if there were, they blew it and the WMDs are not accounted for.”
“And the Democrats have Bush in a hot box. Why would they want to change that?”
– Katharine Harris contributed to this report.
— “I found Saddam’s WMD bunkers,” The Spectator, April 20, 2007
— “I found Saddam’s WMD bunkers,” full article, MelaniePhillips.com
— “Ex-Officer Spurned on WMD Claim,” New York Sun, Feb. 8, 2006
— United Nations Security Council Report, May 28, 2004
— “UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after,” WorldTribune.com, June 11, 2004
— “Report: U.S suspects Iraqi WMD in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley,” WorldTribune.com, Aug. 26, 2003
— “Russia tied to Iraq’s missing arms,” The Washington Times, Oct. 28, 2004
— “Photos point to removal of weapons,” The Washington Times, Oct. 29, 2004
— “2 Russian generals given awards in Iraq on war eve,” The Washington Times, Oct. 30, 2004
— “Pentagon ousts official who tied Russia, Iraq arms,” The Washington Times, Dec. 30, 2004 also:
Wednesday, June 06, 2007 8:08 PM
Scared politicians, politically correct politicians, should be ashamed of themselves; key word being “should”. This information has been KNOWN to “us” that developed this information for YEARS but it hasn’t been politically expedient to make it public.
What will it take to have the politicos get off of their beloved buttocks and make this information and facts PUBLIC? Will they fear reprisals of the Lame Stream Media and the Leftinistra hoards of ignorance and stupidity?
There will be the usual loonies that will say…without facts to back them up naturally…that this data has been refuted. Refuted by whom and with what facts? Opinions don’t count.
WASHINGTON – It has been denied, downplayed, overlooked, forgotten, disregarded and omitted from the public record.
But a thorough review of open-source material demonstrates conclusive and widespread cooperation between former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime and terrorists from the Iraqi al-Qaida network.
Dozens of former Saddam Hussein loyalists captured by U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq were found to be working with al-Qaida or linked to their operations.
Here are some notable players in that alliance:
Muhammed Hila Hammad Ubaydi
Muhammed Hila Hammad Ubaydi, aka Abu Ayman, was the former aide to the chief of staff of intelligence during the Saddam regime for 30 years. Ubaydi later led the Secret Islamic Army in the Northern Babil Province and was said to have had strong ties to the former terror leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. He was captured April 6, 2006, in southern Baghdad.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is “the former vice chairman of Saddam’s Baathist Revolutionary Command Council who swore fealty to Zarqawi and provided funding for al-Qaida and significant element of the Baathist/al-Qaida converts and collaborators.
Abdel Faith Isa is a former Iraqi army officer who was later identified as an al-Qaida emir. He was captured May 6, 2004.
Abu Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi is “believed to be a former officer in Saddam’s army, or its elite Republican Guard, who (has) worked closely with al-Zarqawi since the overthrow of the Iraqi dictator in April 2003.” Al-Baghdadi was among the candidates nominated as potential Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s leadership position in al-Qaida in Iraq.
Ahmad Hasan Kaka al-‘Ubaydi was a former Iraqi Intelligence Service officer, and believed to have later become associated with al-Qaida affiliate Ansar al-Islam.
Abu Aseel is a “former high ranking Saddam official” who was working with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after 2002.
Abu Asim was a Special Republican Guard officer under Saddam Hussein and is said to have been active within the insurgency after the fall of the former regime, including association with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Abu Maysira al-Iraqi was reportedly a “minister of information” for al-Qaida in Iraq and formerly an expert in information technology for Saddam’s army. “He was an expert in information technology in Saddam’s army and was entrusted with the additional task of waging the jihad through the Internet” for Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq.”
Abdul-Hadi al-Iraqi is being held in Guantanamo Bay and was called “a top leader with al-Qaida in Iraq and the Mujahedeen Shura Council and originally comes from Nineveh province. He was a major in Saddam’s army but left to travel to Iraq to fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1990s” and was later identified as a “liaison between bin Laden and al-Qaida’s leadership in Afghanistan, and the al-Qaida network formerly headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq.” Al-Iraqi has also been cited as one of bin Laden’s top al-Qaida commanders.
Unnamed former air force officer – a man who was killed in a coalition raid in Iraq “was later identified as a retired officer in the Iraqi air force serving under the Saddam regime. The male who initiated the gunfire is a suspected al-Qaida terrorist for whom the troops were searching, as well as the retired officer’s son. The former officer was killed April 14, 2006.
Abed Dawood Suleiman and son Raed Abed Dawood – Suleiman was a former Iraqi general believed to have become Zarqawi’s “military adviser.” Raed was a former army captain in the Iraqi army and was caught April 15, 2005.
Mohammed Khalaf Shkarah al-Hamadani, aka Abu Talha, was a key facilitator and financier for al-Qaida in Iraq. He reportedly was the head of a Zarqawi’s terror cell. Al-Hamadani previously was a member of the Baath Party and a warrant officer in the former Iraqi army. He was captured June 5, 2005.
“Al-Hajji” Thamer Mubarak was an Iraqi military officer who became a key aide to Zarqawi. Mubarak reportedly was involved in the August 2003 al-Qaida attack on U.N. headquarters in Iraq.
Hasayn Ali Muzabir, a former Iraqi Intelligence (Mukhabarat) officer for Saddam’s regime, was later identified as al-Qaida’s emir of Samarra. Muzabir was killed in Balad, Iraq, on June 2, 2006.
Muhammad Hamza Zubaydi was a “Baath Party official in charge of security in central Iraq and had helped put down an uprising by Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991.” Zubaydi was later found to be an associate of Zarqawi’s al-Qaida branch in Iraq.
Abdul Hamid Mustafa al-Douri was a relative of Saddam’s former aide Izzat al-Douri. As an aide to Zarqawi, and head of the Salaheddin province al Qaida branch and car-bombing network, he was captured in a joint Iraqi police and army operation in a village in northern Tikrit.
Haitham al-Badri – “Before joining al-Qaida in Iraq, Badri was a warrant officer in the Special Republican Guard under Saddam. After the invasion, he joined the insurgent group Ansar al-Sunna, where he trained recruits and carried out attacks.”
Salas Khabbas is “a former member of the Baath party and (was) closely linked with al-Qaida.” Khabbas “specialized in attacking convoys and kidnapping.” He was captured July 12, 2006, by Polish intelligence agents.
Abu Zubair was trained in Iraq and was reportedly sent by Saddam’s government to lead “supporters of Islam” into northern Iraq to assassinate leading Kurds and to assist in building chemical warfare facilities.
Rafid Fatah “also known as Abu Omer al-Kurdi, was also trained by Saddam and worked with (Abu) Zubair against the Kurds. It is not known when he left Iraq, but he too became a leading member of al-Qaida . His whereabouts are not known.”
Mohammed Hanoun Hamoud al-Mozani is a former Iraqi intelligence officer who was captured by police after bombings in Baghdad and Karbala. It was later revealed he was paid by al-Qaida to carry out attacks on civilians.
Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi is a former member of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence services who rose to No. 2 in al-Qaida’s Iraq wing. Al-Saeedi reportedly “told interrogators that al-Qaida in Iraq exchanges logistical support and information with supporters of Saddam Hussein.”
Muharib Abdullah Latif al-Juburi was a military intelligence officer in Saddam’s army and later rose to a leading position for al-Qaida in Iraq. Al-Juburi also served as the “Information Minister” for the Islamic state of Iraq.
Abu Mustafa was a Saddam-era military officer who told Time magazine he spent his time in jail (post-invasion) “studying Salafi Islam and receiving lessons in jihad from bearded Iraqis and detainees who came from places like Syria and Saudi Arabia” before joining the jihadist fighters in Iraq.
Abu Ali was “among those who have thrown their support behind the jihad. … A ballistic-missile specialist in Saddam’s Fedayeen militia, he fought U.S. troops during the invasion and has served as a resistance commander ever since, organizing rocket attacks on the Green Zone, the headquarters of the U.S. administration in Baghdad. When interviewed by Time last fall, he spoke of a vain hope that Saddam would return and re-establish a Baathist regime.”
Omar Hadid, according to Middle East news outlets cited by Powerlineblog.com, was a former personal body guard of Saddam and had trained with al-Qaida in Afghanistan before fighting against coalition forces in Fallujah and elsewhere. Hadid, according to an al-Qaida biography after his death, also had a relative who was an official for Iraq’s intelligence services and worked with Hadid on postwar operations.
A former Saddam Hussein officer was appointed as an al-Qaida leader to set up attacks on Iraqi oil sites in early 2007.
An unnamed former Saddam Fedayeen leader as an insurgent leader responsible for al- Qaida/foreign fighter camps in Syria.
Abu Raja hails from a family who was “well-connected” during Saddam Hussein’s rule and later joined forces with al-Qaeda.
Abu Haydr had an “important government job” before the invasion and later enlisted with al-Qaida.
A group of former Iraqi Republican Guard officers reportedly has been “giving ground-to-ground missiles, including Scud-B and Hossein missiles” and collaborating with al-Qaida to launch attacks on key targets in Iraq.
Adullah Rahman al-Shamary “was an officer in [Iraq’s] feared Mukhabarat General, an intelligence service run by Saddam’s son, Qusay.” Al-Shamary told Richard Miniter, from a prison cell, that Qusay Hussein “oversaw the Mukhabarat’s relationship with Jund al-Islam, an al-Qaida wing operating in northern Iraq before the 2003 American invasion” and he was involved in the Jund al-Islam-Mukhabarat relationship.
Yasser al-Sabawi is Saddam’s nephew and reportedly was linked to a Saddam Fedayeen cell arrested for being involved in the al-Qaida/al-Zarqawi beheading of Nicholas Berg. The video of the beheading was posted on al-Qaida-linked website, and Berg may have been kidnapped by the al-Sabawi’s cell and then sold to Zarqawi’s group.
A former colonel in Saddam’s army was said to have later become the leader of al-Qaida’s branch in the Diyala province of Iraq.
Haydar al-Shammari (may be the same person as Adullah Rahman al-Shamary) is a former Iraqi intelligence officer who claimed his commander, Abu Wa’il, ordered him to aid al-Qaida members fleeing Afghanistan to enter Iraq through Jordan and Syria. Al-Shammari then assisted their mission in joining up with Ansar al Islam.
Abu Iman al-Baghdadi told BBC news that Saddam’s intelligence services were assisting al-Qaida affiliate Ansar al Islam with arms to counter the PUK, and al-Baghdadi was checking on Abu Wa’il status in assisting the group.
Eighty-five fighters were killed, though many escaped, when a joint Baath/al-Qaida camp was confronted by Iraqi forces in March 2005. Gen. Adnan Thabet said the camp was “frequented by members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s branch of al-Qaida [and] was built after the U.S. offensive to retake the rebel enclave of Fallujah in November. “They were Zarqawi followers and Baathists from the old military because they knew how to fight. They fought like old soldiers.”
The Islamic Army in Iraq is an insurgent group that includes former members of Saddam’s Baath Party, Muslim Brotherhood members and worked with al-Qaida in the past until a recent spilt in which an IAI spokesman told al Jazeera “the Islamic Army in Iraq had decided to disunite from al-Qaida in Iraq. … In the beginning we were dealing with Tawhid and Jihad organization, which turned into al-Qaida in Iraq.”
Mohammad’s Army, also known as Jaish-e-Mohammed, is a group that includes pro-Saddam members of the former regime’s Intelligence, Security and Police services. Responsibility for the 2003 attack on the U.N. building in Iraq was claimed both by members of al-Qaida in Iraq (including Zarqawi) and Mohammed’s Army. The material for the bomb was from the former regime’s stock, for which members would have had superior access, though observers said insurgents could have acquired it on their own. Abu Omar al-Kurdi, an al-Qaida/Zarqawi associate later admitted responsibility for making the bomb after his capture.
While the Bush administration contended there was evidence of a Saddam Hussein/al-Qaida connection before the war, those assertions have come under heavy criticism, especially from Democrats who contend they and others were deceived about the presence of weapons of mass destruction. However, as WND reported last year, pre-war documents posted online by the Pentagon included a letter from a member of Saddam’s intelligence apparatus indicating al-Qaida and the Taliban had a relationship with the regime prior to the 9/11 attacks.
A letter by the member of Saddam’s Al Mukabarat to a superior, dated Sept. 15, 2001, reported a pre-9/11 conversation between an Iraqi intelligence source and a Taliban Afghani consul.
The information had been released on the orders of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, and the letter was reviewed by an independent Middle East analyst who concluded it appeared genuine.
The letter indicated bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan were in contact with Iraq – noting a specific visit to Baghdad – and said the U.S. had proof Saddam’s regime and al-Qaida were cooperating to hit a target in the U.S.
The documents also suggested the possibility the U.S. could strike Iraq and Afghanistan if an attack on the U.S. proved to be tied to bin Laden and the Taliban.
Friday, June 01, 2007 11:57 AM
One could call him So Damned Insane. Or, just call him dead.
Click the link above to view the video…I can’t get it to come up here… 😦
For those who are still believe in Saddam or his kind of leadership, here is just one example to show to the world how Iraqi people lived under the dictatorship. Saddam Regime wasted and have stolen Iraq oil money and left the country in ruined and underdeveloped.Iraq has the capacity to produce 15 million barrels per day of oil, and it should have been one of the richest nation.Saddam and his regime left Iraq with US200 billion in debt and more than US 200 billions dollar in compensation to still to be paid to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Eygypt, Israel, and Iran, this is because of his foolish wars.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 3:07 PM
And the beat goes on…and the Leftinistra can’t dance…
An al Qaeda document newly released by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) of the United States Military Academy provides an extraordinary new connection to a previously reported order by Saddam Hussein to support al Qaeda attacks upon US forces in Somalia. It corresponds with other documents that show Saddam Hussein was using Islamic terrorists as proxies to attack US interests. The document was part of a US Army report on al Qaeda in Africa. That study contends that although al Qaeda managed to train other Islamic fighters in Africa, it did the organization no long term good, as it failed to bend the region to al Qaeda doctrine.
The al Qaeda document is entitled The Ogaden File: Operation Holding (Al-Msk). Its’ name refers to a tribal region of Ethiopia extending into Somalia (Ogaden) and ‘al-Msk’ is an acronym for the Mission to hold Somalia and Kenya. The file is a personal log about a group of al Qaeda terrorists sent to Somalia in 1993 to provide military training to local Islamic militants. Islamic fighters trained by al Qaeda would later kill 18 Army Special Forces soldiers in what has become know as the Battle of Mogadishu which was portrayed in the popular movie Black Hawk Down. The US government confirmed the involvement of al Qaeda and Usama bin Laden in a 1998 indictment against him for the Somali attacks.
The al Qaeda document itself provides a fascinating look at training operations of an expeditionary nature in hostile territory. It lists several terrorists who subsequently became high ranking al Qaeda leaders (most were later killed or captured by US forces). Many of them were Egyptians with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) terror group led by al Qaeda number two man Ayman al Zawahiri. The log was written by an al Qaeda terrorist named Saif al-Islam al Masri who was known to be a leader of al Qaeda in Somalia and an EIJ leader. He is now in US custody.
Saif writes that on the 20th of January, 1993 he and his men were ordered to drop everything (marriage plans, travel) and report to a man named Abu Hafs in Peshawar, Pakistan. This deployment to Somalia heralded a major escalation of al Qaeda activities in Africa. Abu Hafs is also known as Mohammed Atef. Mohammed Atef was the number two man in the EIJ under Ayman al Zawahiri and also part of Usama bin Laden’s inner circle. He was included in the 1998 indictment for attacking US forces in Somalia and was considered the number three man in al Qaeda. He was killed by US forces shortly after 9/11.
Saif describes how he and his men were ordered by Atef to go Somalia and set up training camps. The fighters they trained would ultimately grab power in Somalia, only to be driven out by Ethiopian and American Special Forces action last year.
The date of Atef’s order for them to go to Somalia is very significant because it corresponds with an order by Saddam Hussein to do just that. A different set of documents, provided by the Cyber News Service (CNS) in 2004 and reported on here, are purported to be from a cache of documents captured in Iraq. CNS stated they were given to them by a member of the Iraqi Survey Group. Those documents – which have not yet been verified by the US government but do match secret information from other known Saddam documents and have been confirmed by several experts – are memorandums between Saddam and his intelligence service.
Saddam Hussein ordered his intelligence service to “hunt the Americans” in Somalia via Afghan mujahideen proxies including the EIJ on January 18th, 1993 just two days before EIJ leader Atef ordered his best men to Somalia. The CNS memoranda also show that Saddam’s intelligence service was meeting with the leader of the EIJ (almost certainly Ayman al Zawahiri) to give him the assignment.
Saddam wanted his intelligence service to work with mujahideen (Islamic fighters) displaced from Afghanistan in 1992, which likely also included Usama bin Laden’s followers, the EIJ (the two groups would officially merge together to become al Qaeda) and another associated terror leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The order provided funding to the mujahideen and drew precedent from operations with the EIJ against the Egyptian government because it sided with the UN coalition against Iraq in the Gulf War.
This new al Qaeda document, when combined with the CNS documents, provides a sequential timeframe for the events and the human linkages to carry out the order from Saddam to his intelligence service to Ayman al Zawahiri to Mohammed Atef and then to his terror trainers.
The revelation about Mohammed Atef comes just days after former CIA Director George Tenet caused a political and media stir with the release of his new book At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA. Tenet devotes a portion of the book to discussing al Qaeda-Saddam ties. In it he writes about the case of Ibn Sheikh al Libi, “a senior military trainer for al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan.” Al Libi told his interrogators that
“a militant known as Abu Abudullah had told him that…al-Qa’ida leader Mohammed Atef had sent Abu Abdullah to Iraq to seek training in poisons and mustard gas.”
Al Libi would later recant his testimony and become a flash point in the debate over pre-war intelligence. Tenet notes the controversy and says it is unclear if al Libi was lying with the initial report or his recantation. Tenet writes,
“Another senior al-Qa’ida detainee told us that Mohammed Atef was interested in expanding al-Qa’ida’s ties to Iraq, which, in our eyes, added credibility to [al-Libi’s initial] reporting.”
This new evidence may provide more insight into why Saddam was making his military officers watch Black Hawk Down just prior to the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He may have been shoring up their courage by reminding them of what he considered his previous defeat of the American army.
Ray Robison is a former army officer, a former member of the ISG, and co-author of the new ebook Both In One Trench: Saddam’s support to the Global Islamic Jihad Movement and International Terrorism
Sunday, May 13, 2007 7:02 PM
GREAT STUFF!! I have been reading posts from this location and it is great stuff. I have asked permission to “steal” a particular post and it was granted. I will highlight a few statements. Send this blogger well-wishes. I have sent an invitation to join us at TVC. Behold:
In 2005, WMD were found. Yes, you read that correctly. It was quickly considered a nonstarter as a news story because then the “Bush lied” crowd would have been revealed for the horrendous human beings that they are. The amount found was very small in nature, but then again, there is never just one cockroach. While other republicans choose to apologize for honest mistakes, at which point liberals respond by calling us liars, I prefer the battering ram approach. I wrote the words below two years ago. My feelings are unchanged. Again, keep in mind. We did find WMD. In 2005.
Now that WMD have been found, you have to begin the tortured process of explaining why this is not significant, and why even though you are repeatedly wrong about everything that matters in this world, people should still listen to you. Here are some messages that are as harsh as
they are accurate. We did not go to war because of WMD. We went to war because Saddam Hussein was a sh*thead who needed to be removed. As for why we do not remove every worldwide sh*thead…give us time…we should.
Liberal politicians used WMD as an excuse because they desperately needed to vote yes to go to war to avoid getting shellacked in the 2002 elections.Liberals wanted badly to be against the war but were afraid that after 9/11, that was an untenable political position. Therefore, you created a phantom issue because you did not have the guts to vote your convictions. You knew you were wrong, and you needed an out.
Saddam had WMD. We found them. There are plenty more. If you do not believe they are dangerous, allow yourself to be trapped in a room with them. If you are scared to do so…welcome to the real world.
Bush did not lie. Bush is not evil. Bush did not steal the election. You lost the 2000 AND 2004 elections because:
1) Elderly Gore voters could not read a ballot. Euthanasia would solve this problem. I have no sympathy for people who are too careless to spend time reviewing a decision as serious as a presidential vote.
2) Move on.org and its 2 million “Deaniacs” do not represent the 268 million people who do not belong to your organization. Most people look at you and want you to put on a clean shirt, and stop hiring college students who resemble Charles Manson in terms of complexion and rage.
3) Liberals are unlikeable. McGovern, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry…Bill Clinton got elected by running as far away from you as possible. Americans are optimistic, can-do people. The sky is not falling. America is good.
Abu Gharaib was nothing…Guantanamo Bay is insignificant. Haditha is irrelevant. Daniel Pearl is the way of life of our enemies. Our aberrations are their way of life. The USA are the good guys . The terrorists are the bad guys. Use the passion you have towards President Bush and direct it at Osama, Zarqawi, Saddam, the Mullahs, etc…
You stand for nothing. You support the troops but despise the mission that they support.Have the guts to either say you do not support the troops…or better yet support them and admit the cause they have been fighting for has been right all along.
Lastly, your heroes are worthless:
Dan Rather-You did a lousy job. You went from first to last in the ratings, and you were fired based on performance…Period. I can type up a document right now claiming you smoke crack. You might say that is false, but based on your bizarre behavior,my document would be fake but accurate.
NY Times-Jason Blair…’nuff said.
George Soros-You are a convicted insider trader who made his money destroying the economies and currencies of 3rd world nations. You have profited not by merely feeding off of human misery, but by causing it.
Barbra Streisand…You are a nasty shrewish woman who is abusive to your personal assistants.
Ted Kennedy-Who was driving the car? You lied, a woman died.
Robert Byrd-Joining the KKK is not a mistake…it is a disgusting act of bad moral character.
Cindy Sheehan-Your family is disgusted with you. You claim to be speaking for your family, but they want you to shut up, come home, and quit neglecting your loved ones. Your anti-semitism is just icing on the cake.
College Professors who grew up in the 60s-Stop f*cking up our children.
Actions have consequences, and the AIDS and drug crises we face in the USA today are a direct result of your irresponsibility. You should not have the right to teach until you learn. Kids will continue to not know anything useful in life when they are being taught by people who don’t know anything.
John Murtha-I have the right to disagree with you without you claiming that your patriotism is being attacked. My right to dissent is as valid as yours. You are an American hero who is wrong on this issue. I honor your service then, and I fiercely disagree with your positions now. Your heroism does not stop you from being completely wrong.
Nancy Pelosi-San Francisco does not represent America. Even democrats don’t want to hold their convention in your city ever again.
Howard Dean-You could not even win the nomination in primaries dominated by people who agreed with you. When liberals are frightened of you, you are scary.
Liberal Voters-You are cowards. You desperately wanted to vote for Howard Dean,but knew he could not win. You supported an uninspiring candidate who believed nothing rather than support a candidate who actually represented your beliefs. You knew the American people as a whole continue to say you are wrong, so your options are losing
presidential elections or sacrificing your principles to win an election, knowing you will not be able to govern.
If liberals want to know why they are so detested socially and electorally, I can offer a cure…in 3 words…
SSSSTTTOOOOOPPPPPP BBBBEEEEIIINNNNNGGGGG WWWWWRRRRROOOONNNGGGGG!!!!!!!
Man that felt good to get off my chest. I would knock sense into them, but I wish not to scuff my fingernails.
Now if only conservatives would start fighting back. They could force liberals to sit there as we tell them “We found WMD. Now sit down and be quiet.” This happened in 2005.
Thank you and goodnight…from the right…from someone who IS right.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007 1:19 AM
Hereby awarded the WTG Badge of Honor!!
WAY TO GO!!
This is what he posted that so inflamed the poor drivelers of Leftinistra tripe!!
WMD’s…1.77 metric tons removed from Iraq.
U.S. Department of Energy
July 6, 2004
U.S. Removes Iraqi Nuclear and Radiological Materials
Joint Operation Conducted with U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense
WASHINGTON, DC — Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have completed a joint operation to secure and remove from Iraq radiological and nuclear materials that could potentially be used in a radiological dispersal device or diverted to support a nuclear weapons program.
“This operation was a major achievement for the Bush Administration’s goal to keep potentially dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists,” Secretary Abraham said. “It also puts this material out of reach for countries that may seek to develop their own nuclear weapons.”
Twenty experts from DOE’s national laboratory complex packaged 1.77 metric tons of low-enriched uranium and roughly 1000 highly radioactive sources from the former Iraq nuclear research facility. The DOD airlifted the material to the United States on June 23 and provided security, coordination, planning, ground transportation, and funding for the mission.
Due to safety and security issues surrounding the removed materials, the U.S., consistent with its authorities and relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions, took possession of, and removed the materials to ensure the safety and security of the Iraqi people.
DOE also repackaged less sensitive materials that will remain in Iraq. Radiological sources that continue to serve useful medical, agricultural or industrial purposes were not removed from Iraq.
The low enriched uranium will be stored temporarily at a secure DOE facility and the radiological sources will initially be brought to a DOE laboratory for further characterization and disposition.
The International Atomic Energy Agency was advised in advance of the U.S. intentions to remove the nuclear materials. Iraqi officials were briefed about the removal of the materials and sources prior to evacuation.
The nuclear research complex, now under the responsibility of the Iraq Ministry of Science and Technology, was once a central institution for Iraq’s nuclear weapons program before being dismantled in the early 1990s, following the first Gulf War. The complex was also the consolidation point for highly radioactive sources collected by the Department of Defense with assistance by employees of the Ministry of Science and Technology within Iraq over the last year.
NNSA – Bryan Wilkes, 202/586-7371
DOD – Major Sandra Burr, 703/697-5133
DOE- Jeanne Lopatto, 202/586-4940
I too have been banned from multiple Leftinistra places of stupidity and I am proud to have been banned. Freedom of Speech ONLY applies if one agrees with their retarded drivel!!