Friday, July 23, 2004

9/11 Commission reveals more Saddam-al Qaeda ties

From the final report:
According to the reporting, Iraqi officials offered Bin Ladin a safe haven in Iraq. Bin Ladin declined, apparently judging that his circumstances in Afghanistan remained more favorable than the Iraqi alternative. The reports describe friendly contacts and indicate some common themes in both sides' hatred of the United States.
Bin Ladin apparently declined safe haven in Iraq because Afghanistan was preferable. Once the Taliban was incapacitated, Iraq would certainly seem a logical place for Bin Ladin seek shelter. 

In light of the recent headlines trumpeting a lack of ties between Iraq and al Qaeda, this is a remarkable finding.

Read this National Review article for more on the Commission's statements on Iraq and Bin Ladin.