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Thursday, March 23, 2006

This is Dedicated to the One I Love 

"Osama bin Laden Contact With Iraq"

A newly released prewar Iraqi document indicates that an official representative of Saddam Hussein's government met with Osama bin Laden in Sudan on February 19, 1995, after receiving approval from Saddam Hussein. Bin Laden asked that Iraq broadcast the lectures of Suleiman al Ouda, a radical Saudi preacher, and suggested "carrying out joint operations against foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia. According to the document, Saddam's presidency was informed of the details of the meeting on March 4, 1995, and Saddam agreed to dedicate a program for them on the radio. The document states that further "development of the relationship and cooperation between the two parties to be left according to what's open [in the future] based on dialogue and agreement on other ways of cooperation." The Sudanese were informed about the agreement to dedicate the program on the radio.
There has been a lot of hype about this from the right. This supposedly establishes the Hussein/al Qaeda connection Bush was so keen on proving. Problem is, none of his pre-war proof panned out, and the best they have come up with SINCE the occupation is a note that a representative of Hussein's government met with bin Laden's people and they asked him to send a shout-out to some cleric.

For this our soldiers are dying?

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