Friday, March 14, 2008

It looks like Saddam WAS playing footsie with Al Qaeda

But we knew that already, didn't we?

The jungle drums are busy this morning with the recently released report detailing Saddam Hussein's ties to 5 - count 'em, 5, Al Qaeda groups.

From the Weekly Standard

The Iraqi Intelligence documents discussed in the report link Saddam’s regime to: the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (the “EIJ” is al Qaeda number-two Ayman al Zawahiri's group), the Islamic Group or “IG” (once headed by a key al Qaeda ideologue, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman), the Army of Mohammed (al Qaeda's affiliate in Bahrain), the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan (a forerunner to Ansar al-Islam, al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq), and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (a long-time ally of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan), among other terrorist groups. Documents cited by the report, but not discussed at length in the publicly available version (they may be in a redacted portion of the report), also detail Saddam’s ties to a sixth al Qaeda affiliate: the Abu Sayyaf group, an al Qaeda affiliate in the Philippines.

From the New York Sun sets the rest of the MSM straight.

A Pentagon review of about 600,000 documents captured in the Iraq war attests to Saddam Hussein's willingness to use terrorism to target Americans and work closely with jihadist organizations throughout the Middle East.

The report, released this week by the Institute for Defense Analyses, says it found no "smoking gun" linking Iraq operationally to Al Qaeda. But it does say Saddam collaborated with known Al Qaeda affiliates and a wider constellation of Islamist terror groups.

Hot Air dissects how the MSM has seized upon the "no smoking gun" phrase and ignored all the rest of it here...

Good thing Gateway Pundit has put together The Saddam-Al Qaeda links: In Photos and Video to keep the record straight.