Iraq-Al Qaeda Connection (1991-2009)

This timeline covers the allegations of Iraq-al Qaeda connections

 

Musings On Iraq review State of War, The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration 

Musings On Iraq review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War

Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest

Foreign Policy Tragedy

Musings On Iraq review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary

Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation

Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception

Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11

Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Against All Enemies, Inside America’s War on Terror

 

1991

Mar 28 Iraqi intelligence memo said it had contacts with bin Laden

 

1995

Feb 19 Saddam representatives met with bin Laden in Sudan who asked for broadcast of

jihadist lectured and asked for joint ops against Saudis Meeting confirmed in Iraqi intel report Only confirmed meeting between two sides

 

Mar 4 Saddam told of meeting with bin Laden Saddam agreed to broadcast anti-

Saudi lectures Said future relations would be determined by more talks Only confirmed meeting between Iraq and Al Qaeda

 

1996

Jul 30 CIA report head of Iraq intel met bin Laden in Sudan and provided bomb making

know how Was false Bin Laden left Sudan May 96 and no reports he returned afterward

 

1998

Feb 3 Report Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri met Iraq’s Vice President in Baghdad to talk about

            setting up camps Another story said Iraq gave Zawahiri $300,000 False story

 

Feb 19 Report Al Qaeda operative was to travel to Iraq to talks with govt False story

 

Feb 23 Bin Laden issued fatwa against US sanctions on Iraq and calling for attacks against

it

 

Mar 5 Report Al Qaeda operative arrived in Baghdad for talks False story

 

Apr 25 Was story that bin Laden sent delegation to Iraq for Saddam’s birthday and

            Uday agreed to train Al Qaeda Report false

 

Aug 24 US intelligence claimed Iraq was involved in Al Qaeda chemical plant Clinton

administration bombed it Cited phone calls to head of Iraq’s chemical weapons program Later proved false

 

Sep 17 Italian paper claimed Iraq offered bin Laden safe haven if he was expelled from

            Afghanistan False story

 

Nov 4 NSC counterterrorism director Clarke sent memo to National Security Adviser

Berger saying Iraq WMD experts were at Sudan factory probably working with Al Qaeda

 

Dec 21 Report Iraq intel officer Hijazi met with bin Laden in Afghanistan and offered him

            asylum False story

 

Dec 28 Italian paper claimed Saddam and bin Laden made pact to act against US and

            Iraq offered Saddam safe haven False story

 

1999

Jan 1 French paper claimed in 1998 bin Laden talked about safe haven in Iraq

 

Jan 11 Newsweek report Iraq and Al Qaeda had meetings

 

Jan 14 ABC reported on Dec 98 meeting with Iraqi intelligence officer and bin Laden False

story

 

Jan 23 NSC counterterrorism dir Clarke said US was right to bomb factory in Sudan

            because connected to Al Qaeda and Iraq WMD experts

 

Feb 1 NY Post claimed Saddam was making contacts with bin Laden and Abu Nidal to

            strike US False story

 

Feb 6 Guardian reported that Dec 98 Iraqis met with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Claimed

Iraq offered bin Laden asylum False story

 

Feb 13 AP reported that Saddam offered bin Laden shelter after being kicked out of

Afghanistan False story

 

Feb 18 Former CIA counterterrorism officer Cannistraro said Iraqis met bin Laden in

            Dec 98 False story

 

Apr 13 CIA had four reports that Iraq offered safe haven to bin Laden Were all false

 

2001

Apr 8 Date Czech Interior Min claimed 9/11 terrorist Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in

Prague Later proven false

 

Apr 28 Report 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague

 

Apr 30 NSC meeting on Al Qaeda threat Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz asked why

US should focus on bin Laden when Iraq terrorism real threat Dep CIA Dir McLaughlin told Wolfowitz no evidence of Iraq terrorist threat to US Deputy Secretary of State Armitage told Wolfowitz Al Qaeda was the main threat to US

(Musings On Iraq review Against All Enemies, Inside America’s War on Terror)

 

Sep 11 Bush asked whether Iraq was involved in 9/11 because Saddam backed

            Palestinian terrorists

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

Sep 11 Bush said that US should get rid of Saddam and told some aides to look into

            Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

Sep 11 Rice told UK Amb to US Meyer that White House was looking into whether Iraq

            involved in 9/11

Sep 11 Rumsfeld told Pentagon lawyer to talk to Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz

            about Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

Sep 11 Counterterrorism chief Clarke said Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary

            Wolfowitz were taking advantage of 9/11 to push their Iraq agenda

(Musings On Iraq review Against All Enemies, Inside America’s War on Terror)

Sep 11 Defense Policy Board member Perle said that Iraq responsible for 9/11 and had to pay

 

Sep 12 Bush asked Counterterrorism Chief Clarke to look into whether Iraq involved in

            9/11

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

Sep 12 Pentagon meeting on 9/11 CIA said was sure Al Qaeda behind attack Deputy

Defense Secretary Wolfowitz questioned that and said Iraq must have been involved

Sep 12 Defense Policy Board’s Perle told CIA Dir Tenet Iraq had to pay for 9/11 claiming

            it was behind attack

Sep 12 Czech intel source said he saw 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague

            Apr 2001

Sep 12 Iraq conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie former CIA Dir James Woolsey columnist

            Charles Krauthammer all wrote pieces blaming Iraq for 9/11

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

Sep 12 Ex-CIA Dir Woolsey told ABC and CNN US should look into Iraq being behind 9/11

Told CBS Iraq behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing based upon Laurie Mylroie conspiracy theory and Iraq likely behind 9/11

 

Sep 13 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet whether he was looking into Iraq-Al Qaeda

            connections

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

Sep 13 US intelligence and counterterrorism agencies meeting agreed no connection

            between Iraq and al Qaeda Report sent to Bush

(Musings On Iraq review Against All Enemies, Inside America’s War on Terror)

Sep 13 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey said US needed to look into whether Iraq rather than

            Al Qaeda was behind 9/11

Sep 13 Iraq conspiracy theorist L. Mylroie Wall St Journal OpEd said Al Qaeda not capable

of 9/11 and was probably Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Sep 14 Bush told Blair that there might be an Iraq-Al Qaeda connection

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 3.1 Development of UK Strategy and Options on Iraq, 9/11 to Early January 2002)

Sep 14 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey said Saddam could be working with Al Qaeda

Sep 14 American Enterprise Institute press conference had Iraq conspiracy theorist

Mylroie claimed Iraq behind Al Qaeda and 9/11 David Wurmser said US had to focus on Iraq Michael Ledeen said US had to back INC

Sep 14 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor said Iraq behind 1993

World Trade Center Bombing Said getting rid of bin Laden good but Saddam was more important

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

 

Sep 15 Bush held meeting at Camp David to determine response to 9/11 Iraq brought

up several times Pentagon paper for Camp David said 3 priorities in war on terror: Al Qaeda, Taliban, Iraq Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz said chance Iraq behind 9/11 Said US should go after Iraq if serious about war on terror Secretary of State Powell said Wolfowitz had no proof Iraq involved in 9/11 and was just using it for his Iraq agenda During break Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again with Bush said he thought Iraq involved in 9/11 but told Rice it would have to be dealt with later

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

 

Sep 16 Cheney asked on NBC was there any evidence linking Iraq to 9/11 He said no

            Said focus was on Al Qaeda

Sep 16 Defense Policy Board’s Perle told CNN Iraq linked to Al Qaeda and said Saddam

            backed terrorism and states like Iraq had to be dealt with

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

Sep 16 Former CIA Dir Woolsey said stories of 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi

            intel showed Iraq needed to be investigated

 

Sep 17 Bush said he believed Iraq was involved in 9/11 to his national security staff

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

(Musings On Iraq review Bush At War)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

Sep 17 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowitz sent memo to Rumsfeld advocating for attacking Iraq

Said better than 10% chance Iraq behind 9/11 Included Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s claim that Iraq behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

Sep 17 David Wurmser and Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie talked to media about

            possible Iraq role in 9/11

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Sep 18 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz wrote Rumsfeld that Iraq backed terrorists

and might have been behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing using conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s argument

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

Sep 18 Richard Clarke’s counterterrorism office sent National Security Adviser Rice

            memo saying no Iraq-9/11 links found

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

Sep 18 Reuters reported 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Europe Story false

 

Sep 19 Iraq intelligence paper said Afghan source claimed bin Laden Taliban and Iraq

            worked together to target America Story was never confirmed

Sep 19 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet to look into Iraq Al Qaeda ties and said VP Cheney

            had info on links

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

Sep 19 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz sent ex-CIA Dir Woolsey to England to

look into Iraq-9/11 connections and connection to 1993 World Trade Center bombing

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

 

Sep 20 Israeli intelligence said they thought Iraq connected to 9/11 Claimed Al Qaeda

            funded by Iraqi Intel Service

Sep 20 Project for a New American Century in letter to Bush said Iraq might have

            supported 9/11 and Saddam had to be targeted in war on terror

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

Sep 20 US intel officials told press they were looking into Iraq’s connections to 9/11

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

 

Sep 21 1st CIA report on Iraq and 9/11 found no connection but two had contacts

in 1990s Bush was briefed on findings Also didn’t think 9/11/ hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001

Sep 21 DIA analyst at Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans said CIA report had good

            information but findings of no Iraq-Al Qaeda ties should be ignored

Sep 21 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith sent DIA analysis of CIA report to

            Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld

Sep 21 CIA Dir Tenet told Bush CIA Czech office questioned 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting

            Iraqi intel officer in Prague

Sep 21 Admin officials told Wash Times Saddam talked with bin Laden just before 9/11

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

Sep 21 INC provided Iraqi defector claimed Iraq was training terrorists to take over airplanes

at Salman Pak Baghdad Had been dismissed by US intel because he claimed he fled Iraq because he was tortured but he had no marks on his body Story proved false

 

Sep 22 Telegraph story claiming Iraq was funding Al Qaeda Quoted CIA and Israeli

            sources

 

Sep 23 Guardian article blamed Iraq for 9/11 Claimed Iraq knew about attack beforehand

Stories that Iraq provided money and training to Al Qaeda Claimed 4 months before 9/11 Iraqi intelligence met with Al Qaeda in Pakistan Was sending money to Al Qaeda via Lebanese banks Israeli intelligence officer said 9/11 probably funded by Iraqi intelligence INC defector ex-nuke scientist Hamza said Iraq probably behind 9/11 Talked with Iraqi exiles who said pilots trained in suicide attacks in Iraq in 1999

Sep 23 Telegraph quoted INC defector ex-nuke scientist Hamza that Iraq probably behind

            9/11 Claimed trained pilots for suicide attacks

 

Sep 24 William Safire OpEd said clear link between Iraq-Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Sep 27 Ahmed Chalabi said Iraq and Al Qaeda linked since 1990s and wanted to use

            bin Laden against US

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

 

Sep 28 After NSC meeting on start of Afghan war Bush said he believed Saddam was

            involved in 9/11 but Iraq would be dealt with later

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To

Invade Iraq)

Sep 28 Chalabi briefed DIA on INC defector Col Abu Zainab Qairy who said he saw Arab

terrorists training to hijack airplanes at camp in Salman Pak in Baghdad Meeting was set up by fmr CIA-Dir Woolsey False story

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

 

Sep 30 Report Al Qaeda defector said bin Laden did not like Saddam because of his attacks

            upon Muslim civilians

Sep 30 CIA interviewed Iraqi defector Abu Zainab Qairy who claimed Iraq trained terrorists

at Salman Pak in Baghdad CIA did not believe his story Abu Zainab Qairy then went to INC who got his story into the press

 

Oct 1 Weekly Standard article argued Iraq connected to 9/11 and Saddam had to be

removed

Oct 1 William Safire OpEd in New York Times claimed Al Qaeda operative was armed by

Iraq

 

Oct 7 Bin Laden video said he was fighting for Iraqis who had suffered under sanctions

            White House would use this as evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda connection

 

Oct 12 Jim Hoagland OpEd in Washington Post quoted INC defector Sabah Khodada that

Iraq was training terrorists to hijack planes at Salman Pak implying 9/11 connection

 

Oct 14 Frontline TV show interviewed INC provided Iraqi defector Khodada who claimed

Iraq trained terrorists to hijack planes at Salman Pak implying 9/11 connection

 

Oct 16 CIA Director Tenet met with UK officials and agreed no Iraq-9/11 connection

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

 

Oct 17 NY Times article reported Iraqi defector saw Iraq training terrorists at Salman

Pak to take airliners Was INC provided Khodada Reported INC said that Iraq diplomat met bin Laden in 1998 and offered him safe haven Reported Czech Inter Min said 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague

 

Oct 18 Wall St Journal OpEd by ex-CIA Dir Woolsey said Iraq behind 9/11

 

Oct 26 Czech Interior Ministry told press 9/11 hijacker Atta met Iraqi intel officer in

Prague

 

Nov 5 Time magazine OpEd said US should go to war with Iraq because connected to 9/11

 

Nov 8 Frontline aired “Gunning for Saddam” Was full of conspiracies about Iraq being

behind 9/11 and arguing that it should be attacked Talked with Defense Policy Board’s Perle who said Saddam most dangerous man in world because he could use WMD against US Included ex-CIA Director Woolsey who thought Iraq probably behind Al Qaeda and 1995 World Trade Center bombing Author Mylroie said Iraq behind Al Qaeda Interviewed INC connected ex-nuclear scientist Khidhir Hamza who said Iraq behind 9/11 and INC defector Khododa who claimed to have seen jihadists training with Iraqis in Salman Pak including taking airliners Said this was connected to 9/11 Khodada had been dismissed by US intel because he claimed he fled Iraq after he was tortured but he had no marks on his body

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Nov 11 London Observer quoted INC defectors Khodada and Abu Zainab Qairy that Iraq

trained terrorists at Salman Pak to hijack planes like 9/11 Khodada and Qairy had both been dismissed by US intel

 

Nov 12 Safire column NY Times said 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi diplomat in 2001 was

undisputed fact Story false

 

Nov 14 Cheney said he knew 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intelligence in Prague in

2001

Nov 14 Def Policy Board head Perle speech at For Policy Research Institute Said Iraq

behind 9/11 and should be attacked

 

Nov 17 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz wrote Defense Secretary Rumsfeld that if

            any evidence found of Iraq involvement in 9/11 US should act

 

Nov 20 Wall St Journal OpEd by Eliot Cohen said Iraq helped Al Qaeda and had WMD so

            should be attacked

 

Nov 22 Saudi intel chief Prince Turksi said that bin Laden considered Saddam an apostate

 

Nov 26 White House spokesman Fleischer said US afraid Al Qaeda might try to get

            nuclear weapons from Iraq

 

Nov 28 UK intel report Iraq not connected to 9/11 not working with Al Qaeda not

            giving WMD to terrorists Said Iraq WMD threat “slight”

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

 

Dec 2 USA Today article said Iraq supported bin Laden when he was in Sudan in 1990s

Dec 2 Ex-CIA Dir Woolsey said he believed Iraq involved in 9/11

 

Dec 9 VP Cheney told NBC story 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intel officer in Prague

was pretty much confirmed

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

 

Dec 13 Czech intelligence said story of 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in

Prague didn't happen

 

Dec 14 Sheikh on Iraqi state TV read poem to Saddam praising 9/11 attack

 

Dec 17 Czech Intel said story of 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in Prague

didn't happen

Dec 17 Cheney told NBC story that9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel was

            unconfirmed

 

Dec 21 Vanity Fair article claimed Iraq involved in 9/11 based upon INC defector Abu Zainab

Qairy story that Iraq trained terrorists at Salman Pak Baghdad Abu Zainab had been dismissed by CIA

Dec 21 Vanity Fair author appeared on CNN and NBC repeating his story that INC defector

Abu Zainab Qairy claimed Iraq involved in 9/11 Story false

 

2002

Jan 22 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz memo to Undersec Def Feith that Pentagon was not finding

intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda links and said Rumsfeld should get some analysis on issue

 

Feb 6 CIA officials told NY Times Iraq not taken part in any anti-U.S. terrorism since 1993

            attempt on ex-Pres Bush

Feb 6 US intel officials told NY Times 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague

 

Mar 10 Report UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee investigation found no links between

            Iraq and 9/11

 

Mar 17 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowitz told UK Amb to US Meyer that Iraq was linked with

terrorism and harboring member of 1993 World Trade Center bombing Was based upon conspiracy theories of Laurie Mylroie

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Mar 19 CIA Director Tenet told Senate no Iraq Al Qaeda connection but Iraq couldn’t be

ruled out from involvement in 9/11 Said no doubt Iraq-Al Qaeda links

 

Mar 22 UK Foreign Office Political Director Ricketts memo to Foreign Secretary Straw

said US scrambling to find Iraq-Al Qaeda links and argument unconvincing

Mar 22 MI6 Director Gieve letter to Home Office Secretary said no evidence Iraq

involved in 9/11 No evidence Iraq involved in any anti-west terrorism since 1993 attempt upon ex-Pres Bush

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

 

Mar 25 UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told Blair no Iraq-Al Qaeda link and Iraq

not more of a threat now than before 9/11

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

Mar 25 New Yorker article said Iraq supported Al Qaeda via Kurdish Ansar al-Islam based

upon prisoner Shahab held by PUK in Sulaymaniya Kurds told New Yorker Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri met Saddam in 1992 Also that Iraq was sending WMD to Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

 

Apr 21 Telegraph reported Iraq supported Ansar al-Islam Al Qaeda affiliate in Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

 

Apr 29 Pentagon official said 9/11 hijacker met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague

            Didn’t happen

 

May 1 FBI and CIA told media 9/11 hijacker Atta did not meet Iraqi intel in Prague April

            2001

 

Jun 2 Czech Interior Min claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta went to Prague and met with Iraqi

            intel officer

Jun 2 Iraq arrested Abdul Yasin involved in 1993 World Trade Center bombing

            Conspiracy theorists would later say this was proof Iraq involved in bombing

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Jun 5 Czech envoy to UN claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel officer

            in Prague in 01

 

Jun 18 CIA Dir Tenet told Congress couldn’t find evidence for story 9/11 hijacker

            Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague in 01

 

Jun 21 CIA paper on Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship Said two had contacts since mid-90s but

            no evidence of cooperation on terrorism Differences limited relationship

 

Jul 15 Czech Intel head doubted that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in

            Prague in 2001

Jul 15 Fmr Saddam Fedayeen told press Iraq trained Al Qaeda fighters in Salman

            Pak False story

 

Jul 22 DIA officer told to start making secret intelligence briefings to Rumsfeld on Iraq-

            Al Qaeda ties based upon request by Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz

 

Jul 24 Kurds claimed Iraq coordinating with Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda in pre-invasion

            propaganda campaign

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

 

Jul 31 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie interviewed on CNN Said Bush was going to invade

Iraq because of WMD and its ties to terrorism including 9/11 Accused CIA of covering up Iraq’s involvement in 9/11

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Aug 5 Report Bush official said 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001

 

Aug 15 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s office briefed CIA officials on its

            findings that Iraq and Al Qaeda had cooperated for years

 

Aug 16 Member of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s office claimed its

Aug 15 briefing convinced CIA Director Tenet to reconsider Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship Tenet denied that saying the briefing had provided nothing new CIA’s intelligence said Iraq and Al Qaeda had connections but no cooperation which Feith’s office claimed

 

Aug 20 Def Sec Rumsfeld said Al Qaeda operatives were in Iraq and that US needed to

launch pre-emptive strike because couldn't wait for Iraq to get stronger

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest

Foreign Policy Tragedy)

Aug 20 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation

Group met with CIA to discuss Iraq-Al Qaeda ties Complained CIA didn’t believe Iraq involved in 9/11 Brought up story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague in 2001 

 

Sep 3 Abu Zubayda former Al Qaeda chief of operations told interrogators bin Laden against

alliance with Iraq but open to informal cooperation Zubaydah not bin Laden pushed ties with Iraq

 

Sep 8 VP Cheney told Meet The Press 9/11 hijacker met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague in

            2001

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

 

Sep 10 US Intel officers told Wash Post not strong link between Iraq and Al Qaeda

Sep 10 Def Policy Board’s Perle told paper 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Saddam

 

Sep 12 White House paper Decade of Deception and Defiance Included INC defector Abu

Zainab Qairy report that Iraq training terrorists to hijack planes at Salman Pak Story dismissed by CIA

 

Sep 16 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s office briefed VP Cheney’s chief of

staff Libby and Deputy National Security Adviser Hadley on findings that Iraq and Al Qaeda Claimed over two dozen high-level meetings between two for more than a decade Claimed Iraq played role in 9/11 Said 1 hijacker given money by Iraq Said hijacker Atta met twice with Iraqi intelligence

 

Sep 17 Undersecretary of Defense Feith aide told Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz

Cheney chief of staff Libby and Deputy National Security Adviser Hadley asked for chronology of 9/11 hijacker Atta’s travels after briefed by Feith’s staff that Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague in 01

 

Sep 19 New intel said Iraq might have offered training to Al Qaeda and safe haven to bin

            Laden in 1990s Later proved false

 

Sep 20 Time article White House using unsubstantiated stories to make case of Iraq-Al

            Qaeda ties

 

Sep 25 National Security Adviser Rice said Iraq provided chemical weapons training to Al

Qaeda Came from Al Qaeda commander Libi who made up story under torture in Egypt

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Sep 25 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and CIA Deputy Director McLaughlin briefed

            NATO defense ministers on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

 

Sep 26 Bush told press Al Qaeda could become an extension of Iraq and Iraq and Al Qaeda

were both part of war on terror Said each day Iraq could give WMD or a nuke to terrorists

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Sep 26 Rumsfeld said Iraq had active WMD programs Said bulletproof confirmation of ties

            between Iraq and Al Qaeda

Sep 26 Pentagon and intel officials questioned White House claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties in

            the press

Sep 26 White House spokesman claimed Iraq trained Al Qaeda in chemical weapons

 

Sep 29 CIA report Story by INC defector Abu Zainab Qairy that Iraq trained terrorists at

Salman Pak camp in Baghdad was embellished and exaggerated No Ql Qaeda detainee said they were trained at Salman Pak

 

Sep 30 NYTimes OpEd by Clinton era counterterrorism official Benjamin said Saddam

            thought bin Laden a threat and 2 didn’t cooperate

 

Oct 1 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq released Speculated that in desperation

Iraq might use Al Qaeda for WMD attack on US

 

Oct 7 Bush speech in Cincinnati Said Al Qaeda and Iraq were united in their hatred for the

US and had high level contracts for a decade Claimed Iraq trained Al Qaeda in bomb making and poisons and Saddam celebrated 9/11

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Oct 7 CIA Director Tenet letter to Senate said Iraq wouldn’t conduct terrorist or WMD

attacks upon US unless regime threatened Wrote that there were high level Iraq-Al Qaeda ties going back a decade Iraq offered safe haven and non-aggression Iraq provided poison gas training to Al Qaeda Said Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq

Oct 7 Intelligence officials complained to press that White House claims of Iraq-Al

            Qaeda ties were exaggerated

 

Oct 10 UK intel report said that Iraq would only launch terrorism if attacked by US Found

no cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda Was leaked to press

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

 

Oct 16 French Pres Chirac said no Iraq Al Qaeda ties and attacking Iraq could lead to new

terrorist attacks

 

Oct 20 Czech intelligence told US no evidence 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq

intelligence in Prague

 

Oct 21 Report Czech Pres Havel told White House 9/11 terrorist Atta did not meet with

Iraq intelligence in Prague

 

Oct 24 Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s Policy Counterterrorism Group

briefed Rumsfeld claiming long term cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest

Foreign Policy Tragedy)

 

2003

Jan 23 Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said that Iraq’s WMD and ties to terrorism were one

            threat

 

Jan 25 Cheney chief of staff Libby briefed National Security Adviser Rice Chief of Staff

Hadley Deputy Secretary of State Hadley Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz Bush aide Bartlett speech writer Gerson former communications chief Hughes on Iraq ties to Al Qaeda Claimed Iraq-Al Qaeda ties strong Played recording of 2 Al Qaeda operatives talking about poisons that Libby said they got from Iraq Claimed 9/11 hijacker met with Iraq intelligence in Prague up to 4 times

 

Jan 27 William Safire NYTimes piece said Zarqawi went to Baghdad Then to Kurdistan

            to Ansar al-Islam proving Iraq-Al Qaeda link

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

 

Jan 28 Bush’s State of the Union said Saddam was harboring Al Qaeda members

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Jan 28 Cheney chief of staff Libby gave copy of his briefing on Iraq ties to Al Qaeda to

Powell to be used as basis for his UN speech

 

Jan 29 White House sent Powell paper Iraq’s ties to terrorism to be used for his Feb 03 UN

            speech

 

Jan 30 CIA & Congressional inquiries found no evidence White House pressured US intel

on Iraq’s ties with Al Qaeda

 

Feb 1 Powell went to CIA HQ to go over Iraq-Al Qaeda intel for UN speech Decided to

focus upon Zarqawi Cheney Chief of Staff Libby and Deputy National Security Adviser Hadley wanted Powell to use 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in 2001 Powell said no

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Feb 2 CIA Dir Tenet told Powell no intel Saddam directly involved with Zarqawi Powell

            decided to claim Iraq giving sanctuary to Zarqawi in his UN speech

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Feb 5 Secretary of State Powell gave UN speech laying out US case about Iraq-Al Qaeda

ties using Zarqawi Said Iraq gave safe haven to Zarqawi in Kurdistan Said Iraq-Al Qaeda had 8 meetings since 1990s Claimed Iraq gave Al Qaeda training in WMD

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Feb 5 Natl Sec Adv Rice on Larry King said there was an Iraq-Al Qaeda connection Said

Saddam could give WMD to terrorists

 

Feb 6 Bush said there was an Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship going to back to 1990s Said Iraq

gave bomb making forgery and WMD training to Al Qaeda Came from tortured Al Qaeda operative who later recanted story

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Feb 7 US officials pushed back against Powell’s UN speech Told Wash Post Zarqawi

connected to Al Qaeda but not part of group

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Feb 9 Observer article disputed Iraqi defector Mohammed Shahab used in March 02 New

            Yorker article who claimed Iraq connected to Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam

 

Feb 10 New Yorker article reported Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s office

found that Iraq connected to Al Qaeda and supporting Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

Feb 10 UK intel report said attack on Iraq would increase threat of terrorist attacks by

            Al Qaeda

Feb 10 German officials investigating Zarqawi said found no evidence he was linked to

            Iraqi govt

 

Feb 11 Bin Laden released tape calling on Iraqis to resist coming US invasion and called

            Baath infidels

Feb 11 Secretary of State Powell claimed bin Laden complained about effect of sanctions

on Iraqi people showed Baghdad aligned with Al Qaeda and terrorism

Feb 11 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq harboring Zarqawi and Al Qaeda associate Iraq

trained Al Qaeda operatives

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Feb 12 CIA Director Tenet told Senate there were Iraq-Al Qaeda contacts but no

            command and control

 

Mar 15 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found 51% of Americans believed Saddam involved in

9/11

 

Mar 16 VP Cheney told Meet The Press that Iraq had longstanding relationship with Al

Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Apr 21 Iraqi scientist told US Iraq worked with Al Qaeda Story false

 

Apr 27 Captured Mukhabarat documents showed it had meetings with Al Qaeda in 1990s

 

Jun 4 Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Feith denied that Bush admin pressured

intelligence agencies over Iraq Admitted he created Office of Special Plans within Pentagon to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

 

Jun 9 Report 2 captured high ranking Al Qaeda members held by US said Iraq never

            worked with group

 

Jun 10 Report Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed captured by US said that Al Qaeda

            did not work with Iraq

 

Jun 22 Report 2002 National Intelligence Estimate questioned Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

 

Jun 23 American official Said US found more evidence since Iraq invasion to prove Iraq-

            Al Qaeda ties

Jun 23 US defense official complained to press Iraq-Al Qaeda ties were based on politics

            before war not based on intelligence

 

Jun 26 UN terrorism committee draft report found no Iraq-Al Qaeda links

 

Jul 3 Ex CIA official said White House pushed hard on CIA to find Iraq-Al Qaeda

            connections but didn't find any

 

Aug 22 Australian intelligence officer testified to parliament no pre-war evidence of

Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

 

Sep 14 Cheney on Meet The Press said that Iraq had relationship with Al Qaeda dating

back to 90s Claimed that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague in 2001 Story had been disproven by CIA and FBI Cheney said Iraq involved in 1993 World Trade Center bombing Story based upon Iraq conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Sep 16 Rumsfeld said no evidence Iraq involved with 9/11

 

Sep 17 Bush said no evidence Iraq involved in 9/11 but Iraq had ties to Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Sep 25 House Intelligence Committee wrote letter to CIA Director Tenet criticizing pre-

            war intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties after review

 

Oct 10 Cheney Said Iraq had a relationship with Al Qaeda and trained Al Qaeda in poisons

and bomb making Said if Saddam still in power he would be training terrorists and producing WMD

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Oct 27 Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith provided evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda

ties his office had collected to Senate Intelligence Committee Feith claimed Iraq knew that Zarqawi entered Iraq in 2002

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Nov 11 Pentagon refuted Weekly Standard and Under Sec of Def Feith claims of Iraq-Al

Qaeda ties since 90s

 

Nov 15 Pentagon claimed Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s intelligence unit

            on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties was authorized by intelligence community but it wasn’t

 

Nov 24 Weekly Standard published Under Sec Def Feith’s Iraq-Al Qaeda briefing

claiming two had over 50 meetings since 1990s

Nov 24 Pentagon released statement that Under Sec Def Feith’s Iraq-Al Qaeda work was

based upon raw intel and not analysis of relationship between them

Nov 24 CIA sent Under Sec Def Feith list of problems with his Iraq-Al Qaeda work Said

claim Zarqawi given safehaven by Saddam was disputed

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Dec 13 Former Iraqi intelligence officer denied he met 9/11 hijacker Atta in Vienna in

2001

 

Dec 17 Report Sunday Telegraph story that 9/11 hijacker Atta travelled to Baghdad in 2001

was probably false

 

2004

Jan 21 VP Cheney said there was overwhelming evidence Iraq and Al Qaeda connected

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Jan 22 Cheney said overwhelming evidence Saddam linked to Al Qaeda Claimed Iraq was

behind 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Based upon Laurie Mylroie conspiracy theories

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Feb 10 Report almost all of Secretary of State Powell’s 03 UN speech on Iraq- Al Qaeda

ties proved wrong

 

Feb 14 US intel report Al Qaeda captive al-Libi recanted story Iraq trained Al Qaeda in

poisons and explosives Libi’s story of Iraq training Al Qaeda in poisons and explosives was used in US intel reports and Powell’s UN speech

 

Mar 1 Weekly Standard article talked with Mukhabarat officer who claimed he was

emissary to Al Qaeda Was false

 

Mar 9 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate CIA did not agree with Pentagon paper that Iraq had long

            cooperation with Al Qaeda

 

Mar 22 Rice Wash Post OpEd said would have been irresponsible not to look for link

between Iraq and 9/11

 

Mar 23 Former Clinton Defense Secretary Cohen testified to 9/11 Commission that head

of Al Qaeda run Sudan chemical plant met with Iraq chemical weapons scientist in 90s

 

Mar 24 Ex-White House counterterrorism chief Clarke told 9/11 Commission Iraq not

            behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing

 

May 11 Conspiracy theorist Mylroie claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in

            Prague in 2001 after story discredited

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

 

Apr 21 CIA analyst told Congress no working relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda

 

May 11 Conspiracy theorist Mylroie claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in

            Prague in 2001 after story discredited

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

 

Jun 1 CIA Dir Tenet letter to Congress said doubted 9/11 hijacker Atta met with

            Iraqi intelligence in Prague in 2001

 

Jun 14 VP Cheney said Saddam had long standing ties with Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Jun 15 Bush said Zarqawi was best evidence that Saddam had connections to Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Jun 15 Secretary of State Powell said White House stuck with claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda

            connections

 

Jun 16 9/11 Commission said it found no operational relationship between Iraq and Al

Qaeda 1994 bin Laden asked for Iraq’s help with operations but never heard back 1996 Iraq and Al Qaeda talked about working together in Sudan but nothing came of it Didn’t believe story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001

Jun 16 CIA advisor told 9/11 Commission that 1999 indictment that charged Iraq and Al

Qaeda agreed to cooperate in Sudan was later proven false Said that Al Qaeda was suspicious of Saddam’s secular govt In 1990s Ira and Al Qaeda tried to work out non-interference pact and talked about cooperation Was also 1999 CIA report that said if Saddam wanted to attack the US he would use Al Qaeda

Jun 16 Secretary of State Powell said administration stuck by claim of Iraq-Al Qaeda

            Relationship

Jun 16 White House said 9/11 Commission didn’t contradict administration’s claims

Because it never said Iraq behind 9/11 Said Zarqawi being in Iraq before 03 invasion proved Saddam gave safe haven to Al Qaeda operatives Zarqawi was not part of Al Qaeda before war

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Jun 17 Bush refuted 9/11 Commission saying that Iraq and Qaeda had ties and that was

            why Iraq was a threat

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

Jun 17 Cheney said 9/11 Commission didn’t look at the overwhelming evidence of

Iraq-Al Qaeda connections Cheney claimed he had intelligence on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that Commission didn’t Cheney was talking about captured Iraqi documents that had Iraqis with similar names to Al Qaeda members

 

Jun 18 9/11 Commission spokesman said it found no evidence of cooperation between

            Iraq and Al Qaeda

 

Jun 20 Head of 9/11 Commission said Al Qaeda was closer to Iran and Pakistan than

            Iraq

Jun 20 9/11 Commission member claimed captured Iraqi documents showed 1 Fedayeen

Saddam was an Al Qaeda member Also criticized press for claiming Commission report contradicted Bush administration claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda connections The report did refute the White House’s argument

 

Jun 21 9/11 Commission member claimed captured Iraqi documents showed 3 Fedayeen

Saddam were member of Al Qaeda Said one was an Al Qaeda facilitator in Malaysia in 2000 Story proved untrue Iraqis just had same names as Al Qaeda members

 

Jun 22 Report White House claimed that Saddam Fedayeen were in Al Qaeda probably

            resulted over confusion over their names

 

Jun 25 Iraqi National Congress turned over captured Iraqi intelligence files to Americans

showing in mid-90s Iraqi intelligence and bin Laden met Iraqis agreed to air bin Laden’s anti-Saudi tapes but request for joint operations against Riyadh went unanswered by Iraqis

 

Jul 1 CIA official said agency was constantly told to re-do assessments saying no

            Iraq-Al Qaeda connection by White House after 9/11

 

Jul 7 Senate Intelligence Committee found CIA was justified to claim Iraq might have

cooperated with Al Qaeda and offered bin Laden safehaven based upon pre-war intelligence reports

 

Jul 14 Butler Report found UK intelligence had no evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

 

Jul 18 Weekly Standard article claimed Iraq considered bin Laden an intelligence asset

in 92 and worked together in terrorist plots Included conspiracy theory that Iraq behind 1993 bombing of World Trade Center

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

 

Oct 2 Bush said Zarqawi travelled to Iraq before 03 invasion Killed USAID official Foley in

Jordan Said that proved Iraq was a threat because it was connected to terrorist networks like Zarqawi’s

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Oct 4 CIA review found no connection between Saddam and Zarqawi as White House

            Claimed

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Oct 26 Report CIA review of Zarqawi’s visit to Baghdad in May 02 based upon interviews

with Saddam era Iraqi officials said that Zarqawi probably didn’t have protection of Iraqi govt Bush administration originally claimed Zarqawi given safe haven by Saddam and said that was proof of Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Nov 6 Report Feb 2002 DIA said Al Qaeda captive Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was misleading in

statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation Libi would continue to be source for administration statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

 

Dec 9 Report Al Qaeda’s Libi’s intel about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that proved false was

acquired while he was being tortured by Egyptians Feb 02 DIA said they were skeptical of his intel while he was in Egypt Libi was highest level Al Qaeda member held by US at time Made statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties while in US custody but gave most detailed reports while in Egypt Those were later used by Bush administration in its case for war

 

Dec 13 Allawi govt claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta was trained by Abu Nidal in Baghdad in

2001 Story false

 

2005

Jul 18 Weekly Standard article claimed Iraq considered bin Laden an intelligence asset

in 1992 worked together in terrorist plots included conspiracy theory that Iraq behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing

 

Sep 8 Former Secretary of State Powell said he never saw any evidence linking Iraq to 9/11

 

Oct 26 Report CIA review of Zarqawi’s visit to Baghdad in May 02 based upon interviews

with Saddam era Iraqi officials said that Zarqawi probably didn’t have protection of Iraqi govt Bush administration originally claimed Zarqawi given safe haven by Saddam and said that was proof of Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Nov 22 Wall St Journal OpEd repeated story that 9/11 hijacker Atta might have met Iraqi

            intel agent in Prague in 2001 Story disproved in 2002

 

Dec 8 Bin Laden’s Pakistani biographer quoted in Osama bin Laden I Know book saying

            bin Laden hated Saddam

 

Dec 9 Report Al Qaeda’s Libi’s intel about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that proved false was

acquired while he was being tortured by Egyptians Feb 02 DIA said they were skeptical of his intel while he was in Egypt Libi was highest level Al Qaeda member held by US at time Made statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties while in US custody but gave most detailed reports while in Egypt Those were later used by Bush administration in its case for war

 

2006

Mar 23 Report on captured Iraq docs Confirmed Iraq and bin Laden met in Feb 1995 to

talk about cooperation Iraq agreed to air bin Laden’s anti-Saudi tapes

 

Jun 20 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin said that Feith’s Counter Terror Group found lots of

Al Qaeda-Iraq meetings but no control or operational connections Thought Feith’s group was put together to counter CIA’s intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest

Foreign Policy Tragedy)

Jun 20 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group interview

aired on Frontline said Al Qaeda’s Libi and INC reported Iraq provided training to Al Qaeda Feb 04 Libi recanted his story which was given under torture Claimed back in 1990 Ansar al-Islam was working on WMD in Kurdistan Ansar not created until 2002 Said Iraq supported Ansar al-Islam Was not true Said Iraq ran terrorist training camp in Salman Pak with a plane fuselage next to a WMD facility raising fears Iraq giving terrorists WMD Was no active WMD facility in Salman Pak and terrorist camp spread by INC before war Said he believed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001 and never disproven Dec 2001 Czech intel said Atta-Iraq intel story untrue CIA, FBI and 9/11 Commission never found evidence of meeting

Jun 20 Gen DeLong Gen Frank’s deputy commader at CENTCOM said he believed Iraq

            working with Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda in Kurdistan pre-invasion

Jun 20 Fmr CIA bin Laden desk chief Scheuer said CIA didn’t see any threat from Iraq

compare to Al Qaeda Said Deputy Secretary of Defense Feith’s office was set up to counter the CIA’s reporting no ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda Scheuer headed CIA’s report on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and found no relationship

 

Aug 21 Bush said Saddam had relations with Zarqawi Disputed by CIA who said no ties

            between two

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

 

Sep 15 Report Sept 02 Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri told CIA Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda Info

was not given to White House

 

2007

 

Feb 9 Pentagon Inspector Gen found Dep Def Sec Feith’s Office of Special Plans made its

own intelligence assessment that was inappropriate differed from intelligence community and wasn’t fully supported by intelligence Promoted story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in April 2001 Told White House intelligence community was wrong about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

 

Mar 1 Fmr Dep Def Sec Feith set up website criticizing Pentagon Inspector General report

on his Office of Special Plans Claimed Report never said whether his criticism of the CIA was wrong Claimed report was trying to protect the CIA and Agency had made plenty of errors in the past Inspector General said that Feith’s intelligence on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties was unreliable

 

Apr 5 Pentagon Insp Gen report on fmr Dep Undersec of Def Feith’s Counterterorism Task

Force Feith’s office claimed active Iraq-Al Qaeda ties CIA and DIA found no such ties Insp Gen said Feith’s work inappropriate Said postwar interviews found no Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest

Foreign Policy Tragedy)

 

Apr 15 Weekly Standard column claimed there was long time cooperation between Iraq and

Al Qaeda going back to 1990s Used a lot of refuted evidence

 

Apr 27 Report ex-CIA Dir Tenet’s new book said CIA opposed White House argument of

Iraq-Al Qaeda connection

 

2008

Mar 10 Study of captured Baath docs found no evidence of operational link between Saddam

and Al Qaeda Said Saddam didn’t trust Islamists Mar 06 US military released study of Iraqi docs and found same thing

 

Mar 12 Pentagon said it would not publicly release its study that found no Iraq-Al Qaeda

links based upon 600,000 captured Iraq docs Would not even be posted on the Internet

 

2009

Jun 2 Cheney said never any evidence linking Iraq with 9/11 Cheney had promoted story

            that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in 2001

 

 

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