June 16, 2006

New Docs Link Saddam to Taliban

Despite the shrill cries to the contrary, the Iraqi War is part of the War on Terror, as occasional C.Y. poster Ray Robinson shows with further analysis of newly-translated documents linking Saddam with the Taliban (bold in original):

I am the one who started with this issue, the relation between Taliban and Iraq, and it is our idea. The brothers in Afghanistan are facing the pressure of America, and are struggling against America and aim to have some connections between Afghanistan and Iraq, and it is a good start to establish the relations with Iraq and Libya and our association has taken this responsibility upon her. I already met with Mr. the Vice-President and the previous head of the directorate, may God rest his soul (translator's note: apparently the head of the directorate passed away) and both proposed that Hekmatyar and the Taliban should get to an agreement. I spoke with the Taliban about this issue and they started meeting with delegations from the Islamic Party, and I met Mullah Omar and his reply was positive.

As a party, our stand is that there should be an agreement between the Taliban and the rest of the opposition, Shah Ahmad Massoud and Rabbani. And Mullah Omar said that we are looking towards this and that (not clear) and (not clear) and Ahmad Al Kilani and Jalal Al Din Hakkani do not oppose us. Therefore, Hekmatyar is on the positive way but we are in a war situation and that needs a lot of trust, and there are hurdles to this because he fought us and killed us and he has problems with the opposition in the North and with us. After repeated contacts we will reach an agreement, but in the form of steps. Concerning the relations with Iraq, he said that they are our brothers and Muslims and are facing pressures from America, like us and like Sudan and Libya. And he (Mullah Omar) desires to get closer relations with Iraq and that Iraq may help us in reducing our problems. Now we are facing America and Russia. He requested the possibility of Iraq intervening to build a friendship with Russia since Russia is no more the number one enemy. And we request Iraq's help from a brotherly point of view. They are ready for this matter and they prefer that the relation between Iraq and Taliban be an independent relation from Hekmatyar's relation with the Taliban. We want practical steps concerning this issue and especially the relationship with the Taliban and (not clear, but could be Iraq).

Robinson then supplies analysis of the translation, including this description of the meeting:

So it seems possible the IIS Chief died just prior to this meeting and the Maulana is meeting with the new IIS chief. The new IIS chief would have been Tahir Jalil Habbush al Tikriti, who according to the Multi-National Forces' Iraq Web site as of January, 2006 is still listed as “at large.” Of course, if he has not been captured, it is reasonable to assume he has not been interrogated.

Tahir Jalil Habbush al Tikriti came to public attention in December, 2003 when the Telegraph UK reported Terrorist Behind September 11th Strike was Trained by Saddam.

Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in U.S. history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

The handwritten memo, a copy of which has been obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, is dated July 1, 2001 and provides a short resume of a three-day "work programme" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's base in Baghdad.

In the memo, Habbush reports that Atta "displayed extraordinary effort" and demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be "responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy".

Atta, of course, led the 9/11 attacks.

Saddam to al Tikriti to Atta. A strong link from Iraq to 9/11. Add this to evidence that Saddam gave money and housing to Abdul Rahman Yasin, the 1993 World Trade Center bomb builder, and I'd say that you're looking at evidence that Saddam was linked to attacks on the World Trade Center not once, but twice.

"Illegal war?"

I think not.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 16, 2006 06:29 AM | TrackBack

Atta was in Saudi Arabia and probably learned to read and write there. An attack on Riyuad is in order. He lived in San Diego and trained to fly in Florida. So maybe LA and Miami should be on the list. Clutching at straws, are we?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 16, 2006 01:50 PM
An attack on Riyuad is in order.

You're right.

He lived in San Diego and trained to fly in Florida. So maybe LA and Miami should be on the list.

Yeah, the U.S. government funds and shelters terrorists. Grasping at straws, indeed.

Posted by: Jordan at June 16, 2006 04:01 PM

LA, probably.

Miami? Islamofascist wouldn't stand a chance against the Cubans.

San Diego? Is that still part of the US?

Posted by: Purple Avenger at June 17, 2006 10:48 AM

San diego, I was born and raised there, my cousins still live there so I am sure its STILL AMERICAN. Say, Didn't the Brits have that phony yellow cake memo that Plame was outed over? Around the same time too?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 17, 2006 02:00 PM


You are just a wee bit confused on that particular memo. The phony memo was from Italy. amd it was an obvious forgery, but that surfaced in 2002 - after Wilson had returned from sipping tea with folks in Niger. Maybe you should take the time to read through the Report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligece. You know, the one that reported that Joe Wilson had lied to them on several items, including the inconsistencies between what he told to CIA analysts/debriefers when he returned from Niger and what he wrote in his OP-ED piece in the New York Times in 2003. He told CIA officers during his debriefing that former government officials in Niger had advised him that Iraq had tried to purchase yellow cake from them in 1999.

The information to which Bush referred in those famous 16 words had nothing to do with that earlier phony memo. It was directly from the Brits. Furthermore, the British Butler Commission later supported their earlier assessments long after the 16 words were spoken during the 2003 SOTU address.

You apparently don't read all that much, do you - unless it is something that directly attacks Bush or his administration. You probably have not read the bipartisan study on Intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion. How about the writings of Hans Blix or David Kay? How about the three-volume Charles Duelfer Report on WMD developments in Iraq? How about the reports of the findings of 500 tons of raw uranium and 2 tons of enriched uranium found at the Iraqi nuclear storage facility and carted off to the US under the watchful eyes of the IAEC? It was reported in the New York Times - although not on page 1. Ya miss that too?

You really need to get out more ....

Posted by: Retired Spy at June 17, 2006 10:20 PM

I loved Mike's comments. They were so gay. Did he get his intelligence from the Brokeback Secrets Academy or just got back briefed by Baghdad Bob. Talking about grasping Mike, watch those hands.

Posted by: Thomas J. Jackson at June 17, 2006 11:06 PM