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Iraqis in Pakistan: link to al Qaida?

The Iraqi Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, “played the role of liaison” to the al Qaida terror network from the late 1990s until 2001, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday. Addressing a special session of the panel on Iraq, Powell — quoting an al Qaida source — said that in 1996, the network’s leader Osama bin Laden met a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence in Khartoum, Sudan, and the Iraqis maintained this link even after bin Laden moved to Afghanistan in 1995. Quoting a defector — one of Saddam Hussein’s former intelligence chiefs now in Europe — Powell said Saddam sent his agents to Afghanistan sometime in the mid-1990s to provide training to al Qaida members on document forgery. “From the late 1990s until 2001, the Iraqi embassy in Pakistan played the role of liaison to the al Qaida organization,” he added. Full Story

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